Arraigned in the Courthouse He's Accused of Bombing

Donny Love is a former city worker with a criminal history

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    Ella Sanders entered a guilty plea in federal court Friday to one count of possession and use of a destructive device to commit a crime of violence.

    A man accused of a pipebomb attack on a San Diego federal courthouse pleaded not guilty to eight charges on Thursday including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.

    Donny Love, 43, was order bail in federal court. A motion and trial-setting hearing was set for Aug. 4.

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    In addition to the conspiracy count, the Menifee resident is charged with two counts of use of an explosive device to commit a felony.

    He’s also charged with one count of use of a weapon of mass destruction; conspiracy to maliciously damage buildings, possess firearms and make firearms; malicious damage to buildings and real property by means of an explosive; possession of a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence; and possession of unregistered firearms, according to prosecutor Shane Harrigan.

    The charges stem from the 2008 explosion of three nail-packed bombs outside the courthouse. Nobody was hurt.

    Three other people have pleaded guilty in the case.

    Love worked for the parks and water departments for nearly a decade but was fired in 2008 for missing too many workdays.

    Court records show that Love had two felony drug convictions -- including one guilty plea months before the bombing. He'd also pleaded guilty to forging checks stolen from city Water Department customers and was sentenced last month to five years in prison.