N. Ga woman pleads guilty to building bombs

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HALL COUNTY, Ga. - A north Georgia woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to building bombs.

Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach went to the U.S. Courthouse in Hall County where Celia Savage, 24, entered her plea. She declined to discuss the case with him.

Savage was charged with two counts of making and possessing a destructive device (pipe bombs).

Last year, a small army of ATF, FBI, GBI and local law enforcement raided a house in the woods where Savage lives near Cornelia. A sworn statement by an ATF agent said she illegally possessed a destructive device and possessed firearms while being an illegal drug user. The statement also suggested Savage told an FBI agent she likes to blow up toilets in the woods.

Savage confirmed she's in a YouTube video where she exploded a commode.

Her father previously told Channel 2’s Mark Winne she is a fierce advocate of the right to keep and bear arms and shares his dislike of the government.

In court Tuesday, Savage said she suffers from bipolar disorder, ADHD and anxiety. She started to tell the judge she knew it was wrong to make pipe bombs and had no malicious intent, but the judge cut her off, telling her to save it for a sentencing hearing.

Both of Savage’s charges carry a maximum 10-year prison sentence and up to a $250,000 fine, but the plea agreement will likely mean she will serve less time. The recommended sentence both sides agreed to is four years and nine months. The judge will ultimately decide her fate. 

A date has not been set for the sentencing hearing, but prosecutors told Gehlbach it should be within the next two to three months.




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