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El Granada man charged with throwing an explosive at driveway
April 05, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal staff report

Adam Dutra

An El Granada man is facing a possible life sentence as a third-striker after allegedly detonating a half-stick of dynamite on a driveway and dropping another explosive device that did not go off.

Adam Eugene Dutra, 31, gave no explanation for his motivation after his arrest in the March 30 incident, according to prosecutors.

At 10:49 p.m. that night, Dutra reportedly drove by a Half Moon Bay home and threw the half stick and explosive device. Neither caused any damage or injuries.

A neighbor’s surveillance video captured the incident and sheriff’s deputies linked it to Dutra. Dutra is on post-prison supervision which allowed detectives to search his cellphone and they reported finding multiple photos of explosives material on the device.

Dutra is charged with illegally possessing an explosive device with the intent to injure or intimidate. He pleaded not guilty and did not waive his right to a speedy trial. If convicted, Dutra faces a possible third strike and 25 years to life sentence.

In 2004, Dutra was convicted of felony assault with a vehicle and making criminal threats against a 20-year-old man with whom he had an ongoing dispute. He received nine months jail, five years probation and a two-year suspended prison term. However, he violated probation several times and was imprisoned, according to prosecutors.

He returns to court in the new case April 14 for a one-hour preliminary hearing and remains in custody on $250,000 bail.

 

 

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