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Marion County Man Sentenced For Distributing Bombmaking Instructions

MARSHALL, Texas – U.S. Attorney Brit Featherson announced that the Eastern District of Texas sentenced a Jefferson man for federal violations.

Beau Daniel Merryman, 21, pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2021, to distribute information relating to explosives and destructive devices and was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap.

“Anyone who provides others with the technical know-how to commit acts of violence against innocent people will suffer the wrath of local, state, and federal law enforcement,” said U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston. “No stone will be left unturned to catch and prosecute such individuals.”

“The defendant threatened the safety of countless lives by sharing bomb-making information. That information and training could have caused immeasurable harm and damage if given to a dangerous individual,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno. “The FBI and our partners are committed to protecting the communities we serve. We ask the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.”

According to information presented in court, between September and October 2019, Merryman engaged in a series of online conversations with covert FBI employees. During those conversations, Merryman provided detailed instructions on making multiple types of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), such as pipe bombs and pressure-cooker bombs. Merryman explained how to construct the IEDs, select explosives, pack shrapnel for maximum damage, and construct fuses or detonating devices. Merryman also directed that the IEDs be used to target federal law enforcement and critical infrastructure, such as electrical substations.

A federal grand jury indicted Merryman on Oct. 16, 2019.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tyler Resident Agency, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Atlanta Police Department, and Tyler Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Frank Coan and Ryan Locker were the prosecutors.