Bomb-making charges were dropped Monday against a man accused of creating what prosecutors described as a "bomb factory" after he pleaded guilty to unrelated charges.
George Jakubec, 54, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery. In exchange, all bomb-related charges were dropped.
Explosives were found in the house at 1954 Via Scott in unincorporated Escondido after a gardener was injured in the back yard in an explosion.
“As part of his guilty plea, Jakubec admitted that he manufactured and possessed the explosives and explosive devices found at his Escondido residence, robbed or attempted to rob four San Diego County Bank of America branches, and carried firearms in furtherance of two of those bank robberies,” said United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy.
Jakubec will face a minimum of 30 years in prison, according to the terms of the plea agreement.
"Jakubec's guilty plea to charges involving a thirty-year mandatory- minimum sentence serves as a reminder that there are very severe consequences for those who commit crimes of violence that threaten the safety of this community," said Duffy.
He agreed to reimburse San Diego County the $541,000 it cost authorities to destroy the home in December.
Jakubec is scheduled to appear before Judge Burns for sentencing on June 13.