A Brisbane man charged with keeping a large stash of dynamite in his home after officers responded to a domestic disturbance call faces up to two years in prison after pleading no contest to illegally possessing explosives, marijuana for sale and an assault weapon.
William Myle Harrell, 47, took the deal on the three counts rather than stand trial on several more charges, including child endangerment, stemming from the initial incident and his alleged maintenance of a marijuana grow house on the coast.
Harrell returns to court Sept. 25 for sentencing.
Harrell was arrested Oct. 1, 2012 after police went to his Cliff Swallow Court residence on reports of a domestic disturbance with his live-in girlfriend. Authorities found no cause to arrest Harrell for the disturbance and he was set to leave in a taxi for his parents’ Montara home until the girlfriend asked officers to follow her back inside. She told them Harrell kept a closet locked but she had a key made and grew concerned for the safety of her children, ages 11 and 20, once she discovered the contents.
Inside, police reported finding 145 pounds of commercial-grade explosives in the form of dynamite sticks, a gallon-size bag of marijuana and $37,000 in cash.
Experts estimated the explosives were enough to destroy the neighborhood, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Authorities have not said why they think Harrell had the stash but believe he has ties to extremist groups.
Harrell is free on $500,000 bail.