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6/1/06-Longview

Longview Explosion: Man Targeting Witnesses Not ATF Agents

A couple of newspapers have incorrectly reported that  38 year old James Torrence intended to target ATF agents with the pipe bombs he was making at his home. But that's not the case.  

Investigators say evidence indicates Torrence was targeting people who had given information to authorities about his arrest on gun and drug charges.

Brian Howell, Longview Assistant Fire Marshal said, "Well we don't have any direct evidence that he was targeting any government officials. The only thing we have is documentation found at the house that indicated that he may be targeting some witnesses against him."

 Torrence was expected to plead guilty to drug charges on June 7th. He faced a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

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