Rock Creek man sentenced to 40 years for bomb attack
A Rock Creek man was sentenced in federal court Friday, Nov. 8, to 40 years in prison after being convicted of trying to attack federal counter-terrorism officers with an improvised explosive device.
Jason Paul Schaefer, 28, reportedly threatened investigators and fled the scene after they searched his apartment in the 18800 block of Northwest Rock Creek Circle on Oct. 11, 2017, found materials they suspected Schaefer was using to make explosives, and attempted to arrest him.
A Washington County sheriff's deputy and a police officer, who were investigating as part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, approached Schaefer's vehicle as he was stopped in traffic on Northwest 185th Avenue and ordered him to get out of the car. At that point, Schaefer detonated a homemade explosive device he had concealed inside a cigarette pack, blowing off two of his fingers and injuring one of the officers.
Schaefer was arrested. Investigators said they found another, similar bomb inside his vehicle.
Schaefer was convicted in May on two counts of assaulting a federal officer and one count each of carrying and using a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence, carrying and using an explosive during the commission of a federal felony, unlawful transport of explosive materials, possession of an unregistered destructive device and being a felon in possession of explosives.
On Friday, a federal judge in Portland sentenced him to 40 years in prison.
"Jason Schaefer's sentence is commensurate to the danger he posed to his neighbors in the community," said Renn Cannon, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, in a statement. "The officers and agents of the FBI's JTTF hope this sentence will serve as a deterrent to others who may consider dangerous or violent illegal actions."
The October 2017 altercation was not Schaefer's first brush with the law. He was convicted earlier that year of illegally possessing body armor, and he was accused of threatening to kill his landlords, although he was never prosecuted for the alleged threats.
Schaefer is also facing state charges in Columbia County, where he was accused in January of assaulting a corrections deputy. Following that incident, he was transferred from the Columbia County Jail in St. Helens to a federal facility in Tacoma.
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