July 25, 2016

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Judge: Are you a ‘crazy bomber guy’?

Peter Ferrante, right, sits with his attorney during his change of plea hearing Friday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — A Brunswick man pleaded guilty Friday to making homemade firecrackers in his garage.

Peter J. Ferrante, 33, of 1490 W. 130th St., was convicted of attempting to illegally manufacture explosives, a third-degree felony, and unlawfully possessing dangerous ordnance, a fifth-degree felony.

Under questioning by county Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier, Ferrante said he didn’t intend to sell the fireworks or use them in any harmful manner.

“I’m just trying to figure out if you’re a crazy bomber guy,” Collier said. “Are you that guy?”

“No, your honor,” Ferrante said.

Ferrante said he had a “cereal bowl full” of black gunpowder, sulfur and potassium chlorate, which he was using to make M-80 fireworks for Independence Day celebrations.

He said he bought the explosives off the Internet.

Collier said he believed him.

“It sounds like you just made a mistake,” the judge said.

Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury said he didn’t intend to ask for a prison sentence.

Ferrante, who has no past criminal record and said he doesn’t own any firearms, is scheduled for sentencing June 24.

He was arrested Nov. 23 on a warrant. A secret indictment from October accused him of making the fireworks in May 2011.

He was released after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond.

He originally was charged with illegally manufacturing explosives, a second-degree felony, which was reduced to attempted manufacture as part of a plea deal.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.