Man convicted of having IED at Madison apartment

Brian Campbell, 31, was convicted Friday of possessing of an improvised explosive device in his Madison apartment.

In connection with a plea agreement, Campbell was also convicted of second degree reckless endangerment.  Campbell entered no contest pleas to both felony charges.

In March, local, state and federal authorities cleared Campbellā€™s west side Madison apartment of what authorities said were volatile, bomb-making materials, after neighbors complained of noxious smells. The apartment complex was evacuated for nearly a week.

Campbell will be sentenced next month.  As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors will ask for no more than three years in prison for Campbell.

The Illinois man also faces a lawsuit from the owners of his former apartment complex.  They are asking for more than $47,000 to cover unpaid rent and damage to the premises.

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