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Former West EMS sentenced to 21 months in prison

WACO - Former West EMS Bryce Reed has been sentenced to 21 months in prison, 3 years supervised release and a $2,000 fine for conspiring to make an unregistered firearm & attempting to obstruct justice.

31-year-old Reed was arrested in May after authorities say they found materials to make a pipe bomb they believe belonged to Reed.

In October, Reed pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make a destructive device and one count of attempting to obstruct justice. Reed's attorney Jonathan Sibley says he's fine with the sentence.

"[The judge] went to the high end of that range but obviously the range he went to was very close to what we anticipated when we began," Sibley said.

Reed appeared in front of a federal judge at around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. Reed gave an emotional 10 minute written speech saying how the explosion and this case has affected his life. He pleaded with the judge to give him a second chance.

"I lost everything I cared about in one week," Reed said in the statement in front of the judge.

Reed also said he cannot go back to West because there's a stigma against him. He said when people see him, bad memories come up and he doesn't want that for the people of West.

"What do I say to the people of West? I will always, always love you and I am so sorry," Reed said outside of the courthouse after the sentencing.

That speech may have actually helped Reed. That's because the judge ruled against an objection that the defense and US Attorney agreed to. That made the maximum sentence around 25 months. However, after the speech, the judge changed his mind and allowed the objection to make the maximum sentence 21 months.

Sibley says this is because Reed had the materials to make a pipe bomb, but there was never actually a created device.

"I think this is a case, a couple guys out in the country, who have no idea what they're getting into," Sibley said.

Reed says now he just wants to rebuild his life and be with his family. He says he started a business making guitars with his step-father since the explosion. He said in his statement family is the only thing he has left. 

"Because of this he's lost everything. Right now I'd describe him as someone who's broken," Sibley said.

Sibley says Reed will report himself to jail. Sibley didn't know when that would be, but it could be in early 2014.

Reed has never been linked to the West explosion that killed 15 people including Reed's friends and family. Reed has emphasized this point multiple times and says he wants people to focus on the impact the explosion has had on the community and not on himself.

Click here for more information on the charges Reed pleaded guilty to back in October.
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