Bomb suspect enters plea |

Bomb suspect enters plea

A Marysville man arrested in Grass Valley for having a pipe bomb in the back of his truck pleaded no contest to the charge in court Thursday.

Bobby Alvin Tarp, 33, and his brother, William Tarp, 37, both of Marysville, were arrested by a Nevada County sheriff’s deputy June 19 on Indian Springs Road. The deputy had noticed one of the truck’s windows was missing, so he stopped the truck and then he spotted the bomb in the back floorboards.

The bomb was a 12- to 14-inch cardboard cylinder with wires on the end, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said.

The Placer County Bomb Disposal Unit destroyed the pipe bomb with a water cannon.

Both men were booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office later charged Bobby Tarp with unlawful possession of an explosive.

William Tarp was not charged, Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson said Thursday.

In addition to the bomb possession charge, Bobby Tarp was also charged with a sentencing enhancement for commission of a felony while out on bail, she said.

At the time of his arrest, Bobby Tarp was out on bail on a domestic violence charge out of Placer County, Royal said.

Bobby Tarp entered his no contest plea Thursday morning in Nevada County Superior Court. He remains incarcerated in lieu of $250,000.

Tarp’s charge and sentencing enhancement could add up to a maximum sentence of two years in state prison, according to California Penal Code.

Tarp is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m., Aug. 13, in Nevada County Superior Court.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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