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Farmer waives hearing on boat bombing charges

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin farmer accused of bombing three charter fishing boats has waived his preliminary hearing in federal court.

Joseph Sloma is expected to appear before a federal grand jury in the next 30 days for possible indictment.

According to the criminal complaint, the 47-year Denmark farmer and another man ignited a pipe bomb in a charter fishing boat called the Trout Scout in September 2009. The explosion caused a fire that spread to two other boats. A nearby pleasure boat was also damaged.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports investigators at first were unable to determine the cause of the explosion. But, according to the complaint, seven months later a confidential informant told investigators Sloma detonated the bomb because he didn’t like the Trout Scout’s owner.

Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette,

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