Cape Coral man convicted of murder sentenced to federal prison for having an IED

Writer: Matthew Seaver
William Earl Siebert, 47. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

A Cape Coral man who had been convicted of murder has been sentenced to federal prison after being found in possession of an improvised explosive device.

The United States Department of Justice says William Earl Siebert, 47, has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison for unlawfully possessing an unregistered destructive device. Siebert pled guilty to the charge in June.

The DOJ says according to court documents, on August 27, 2019, Siebert was arrested for driving under the influence following a crash on Del Prado Boulevard in Cape Coral. Later, when his vehicle was searched, officers found a pipe bomb attached to a yard-stake timer, which contained explosive powder and an assortment of shrapnel.

Court records showed that Siebert had previously been convicted of second-degree murder and served a 25-year state prison sentence in connection with that case.

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