Franklin pipe bomb suspects bound over for trial

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MILWAUKEE — Two men charged with multiple felony counts after a pipe bomb was found in their Franklin home waived their right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, and will head to trial.

17-year-old Alex Matecki and 20-year-old Matthew Matecki entered pleas of not guilty to charges including possession of an improvised explosive device, delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The Milwaukee County Bomb Squad was called to the home around 2 a.m. on Thursday, March 1st. The team found a six to eight-inch pipe they deemed as a live, electronic explosive device. The device was crimped at both ends and contained explosive powder.

The bomb squad removed the device from the home — and later rendered it safe with multiple explosive charges. The team did so at a remote location.

Police arrested the Matecki brothers in a parking lot on West Rawson Avenue for delivery of a controlled substance. Information developed from those arrests led police to obtain a search warrant at the Franklin home where the pipe bomb was discovered.

Police say they recovered a large amount of controlled substances, four guns (two of which were homemade), one pipe bomb and other bomb-making materials in the home.

If convicted, the Matecki brothers could face up to ten years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

The Mateckis are back in court on April 3rd for a scheduling hearing.

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