An El Granada man facing a potential third strike for allegedly detonating a half-stick of dynamite on a driveway and dropping another explosive device will stand trial in October.
Adam Eugene Dutra, 31, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to illegally possessing an explosive device with the intent to injure or intimidate. If convicted as a third-striker, Dutra could face a 25-years-to-life prison term.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said authorities don’t know if Dutra specifically targeted the Half Moon Bay homeowner or was throwing the explosive for another reason. The motivation could play a role in whether Dutra, if convicted, is sentenced as a third-striker, he said.
At 10:49 p.m. March 30, 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.
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 also violated his probation on those charges several times leading to prison incarceration.
He remains in custody on $250,000 bail and returns to court Sept. 29 before the Oct. 27 jury trial.