Weapons Expert Witness Testifies On Weapon Of Mass Destruction

Michael Stephen Gorbey, 38, was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia following his conviction on multiple weapons charges, including possession of explosives and the attempted manufacture or possession of a weapon of mass destruction near the U.S. Capitol in January 2008. The weapons expert witness who examined the homemade bomb in Gorbey’s car found what appeared to be a small hole in the can that could have been used to hold a fuse for the bomb. The expert witness testified that if detonated, the device could have caused death or serious bodily injury to multiple people.

Marketwatch.com reports:

This case marks the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia charged a person with attempting to manufacture or possess a weapon of mass destruction based upon the local District of Columbia statute that was passed in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.