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How 2 Marine vet police officers foiled a fake Marine armed with pipe bombs and meth

Last Christmas, as North Texas families and friends celebrated into the night, Bryan Keith Miller drove to a warehouse area southeast of Fort Worth with five pipe bombs in his car, federal court records say.

Police who responded to a burglary call found that Miller also had body armor, several knives, camouflage outfits, military gear, rifle ammunition and magazines, “camo netting,” outdoor and survival gear, and methamphetamine. Court records say Miller told people he was a U.S. Marine sniper and government hitman.

When arrested, he was wearing a military jacket and sniper patch that looked bogus, according to state and federal court records.

What Miller, 54, had planned that night is not clear. He asked for a lawyer after a few questions and was arrested on the spot. On Monday, a federal judge in Fort Worth sentenced him to 46 months in prison for possessing a “destructive device.” Miller had faced up to 10 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to the single count in August and received credit for accepting responsibility for his crime.

Miller also faces state charges in Tarrant County related to distributing methamphetamine and having an “improvised explosive device.” U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that Miller’s federal sentence will run concurrent with any prison time he might get in those cases.

Miller’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Federal and state court documents describe the following series of events:

Kennedale police on Dec. 26, 2018, received a 911 call at 12:25 a.m. about a suspected burglary of a machine shop at the 200 block of Valley Lane in Kennedale. The caller reported seeing three people around Miller’s car who appeared to be breaking into the business.

Two officers, both of whom had served in the U.S. Marine Corps, responded and found only Miller, who was standing outside his Dodge Charger, which …read more

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