A Wahoo man who told police that he had a pipe bomb in the back of his car “to blow up his ex-wife” has pleaded guilty to a felony.
Preston H. Steele, 49, is scheduled to be sentenced in Sarpy County District Court in July for unlawful possession of explosives.
As part of a plea deal, Sarpy County prosecutors dropped a charge of possessing an explosive device.
According to an arrest warrant, Steele was pulled over by sheriff’s deputies in Sarpy County last June, and his 2002 Ford Mustang was towed away.
But the deputies didn’t realize that under a pile of clothes in the back of the car was a pipe bomb, a deputy wrote in the warrant.
The car was impounded, and it was still in the impound lot a few days later when Wahoo police alerted deputies to the bomb.
Someone had called 911 and reported that Steele was choking his dog and threatening the caller with a sword. When Wahoo police took him in then, he told officers about the bomb, according to the warrant.
He said he planned “to blow up his ex-wife,” the warrant says.
Steele told the officer that he had the powder but hadn’t yet installed a fuse.
Sheriff’s deputies, aided by the Omaha Police Department bomb unit, found the bomb and another pipe.
In the Wahoo case, Steele pleaded guilty to making terroristic threats, a felony.
Sentencing in that case is scheduled for June.