SYRACUSE, N.Y. — An Ohio man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for making a bomb that injured a New York state prison guard outside his home.

Fifty-nine-year-old Keith Seppi of Conneaut (KAW-nee-awt) Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Syracuse on Monday.

Seppi, his wife and his wife’s sister were charged after state Corrections Officer Alan Dobransky was injured by a bomb in a package outside his Utica-area home in May 2016. Dobransky was hospitalized for several weeks with severe burns.

Officials say the attack was intended to stop Dobransky from reporting an elder care scam against Seppi’s mother.

Seppi admitted he built the bomb at his home using Pyrodex and gasoline after hearing of the accusations against his sister-in-law.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.