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Pappenfuss pleads not guilty to possession of improvised explosives

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Gregory Pappenfuss

RACINE (WITI) — 23-year-old Gregory Pappenfuss of Racine pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, October 9th to one count of possession of improvised explosives.

According to the criminal complaint against Pappenfuss, police were called to a Racine home on January 29th to check on Pappenfuss’ welfare. His wife called police to say “Gregory had been fired from his job and was depressed…She stated that he has numerous handguns, semi-automatic rifles, and knives.”

During a search of one room in the Pappenfuss house, the complaint indicates officers found “15 firearm cases in the room, more than 20 knives and swords handing from hooks on the wall, and boxes and metal cases of ammunition.” One officer also “located suspicious materials that he recognized from his military training as possibly being explosive materials.” The bomb squad was then dispatched to the home.

The complaint indicates the bomb squad determined that “there was no explosive detonating devices in the room; however, there were chemicals present to make Thermite, and explosive.” The chemicals were seized as evidence.

If convicted, Pappenfuss faces up to six years in prison plus $10,000 in fines. Pappenfuss is due back in court on November 15th.

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