Suspect to face trial in January

ESCANABA – A 28-year-old Rapid River man, accused of attempting to manufacture a bomb last spring, is scheduled to go to trial in Delta County Circuit Court in January.

James Lee Bugg was arrested June 7 on one count of attempted dangerous weapons. He allegedly attempted to manufacture a bomb in a May 25 incident in Rapid River.

During his preliminary examination in district court July 10, Bugg was bound over to circuit court on an amended count of attempted possession/manufacture of an explosive or incendiary device with malicious intent.

At a pretrial conference in circuit court chambers Friday morning, Bugg was scheduled to be tried on the amended count during a three-day jury trial set for Jan. 22-24. He faces a maximum penalty of seven and a half years in prison due to a second offense habitual offender notice, which increases the maximum sentence.

According to an investigation by Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post, Bugg allegedly made threats on the Internet to build an explosive device to attempt to harm people at a public venue. Troopers were assisted in the investigation by FBI and ATF officers.

In addition to the Facebook entries, testimony at the preliminary hearing related to four empty fire extinguishers Bugg had in his possession, which he allegedly stated would make “good bombs.”

Bugg remains lodged in Delta County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond.