Ex-air traffic controller pleads innocent to bomb charges | SummitDaily.com

Ex-air traffic controller pleads innocent to bomb charges

DENVER – A former air traffic controller pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges accusing him of planting homemade bombs outside the Grand Junction homes of four co-workers and a Federal Aviation Administration official.Three of the devices detonated on March 24, but no injuries or damage were reported. Two others were defused by bomb technicians.Robert Burke, 54, faces five counts of possession of an unregistered destructive device, one count of property damage by use of explosives and one count of possession of a dangerous weapon in committing a crime of violence.Burke’s attorney, Susan Fisch, entered his plea during a brief hearing before federal Magistrate Patricia Coan. Burke, wearing a tan jail jumpsuit and black eyeglasses, did not speak except to whisper to Fisch before the hearing.He was arrested April 5 in Orem, Utah, after he called reporters at The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, who told authorities.He had worked for Serco Group PLC, a British company that staffs air traffic control towers at airports in Grand Junction and 55 other locations. He was fired in 2004, investigators said.

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