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Cove soldier pleads guilty to unregistered firearms

COPPERAS COVE, TX (KXXV) - A soldier from Copperas Cove faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing an unregistered firearm back in September 2013.

Jason Alan Garthwaite, Sr., was arrested after police found materials to construct pipe bombs in his home on Sept. 10, 2013.

Garthwaite was already in the C.I.D. office on Fort Hood when his wife Stephanie Garthwaite notified an officer about incriminating text messages.

One text message said, "If I send you a text of 999 will you go to the garage and hide the blue bag, and take all the pyrodex out?"

The officer visited their Copperas Cove home and searched the bag with Ms. Garthwaite's consent.  Authorities discovered pipe bomb materials in the bag.

The  FBI, ATF, bomb squad and police also appeared at the house. According to the affidavit, agents found eight pipes and three pounds of Pyrodex powder found in a gym bag belonging to Garthwaite. Investigators also found components to manufacture several more anti-personnel devices.

Ms. Garthwaite also told officers that, "Approximately two months earlier Garthwaite had begun to show interest in doomsday preparations and that he had expressed anti-government and conspiracy theories."

Click here to view the case in detail.

He is set to be sentenced Wednesday, March 19.

Spc. Jason Garthwaite Sr. is assigned to Fort Hood in the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He entered the service in February 2010 and arrived at Fort Hood in August 2010. His Military Occupation Specialty is infantryman.
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