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Cornelia pipe bomb maker faces probation revocation

POSTED: August 21, 2014 1:31 p.m.
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A Cornelia woman sentenced less than six months ago on federal explosives charges now faces probation revocation following an arrest in Flowery Branch.

U.S. District Judge Richard Story signed an order for a warrant for Celia Savage so she can be brought before him for a probation revocation hearing. The order was signed Aug. 14 and filed with the court clerk Wednesday.

A lawyer for Savage said in an email that he had no comment.

Savage, 25, was arrested Aug. 9, after Story sentenced her in February to six years on probation following her arrest in May 2012 after federal agents raided her home and found two pipe bombs and multiple guns. After reaching a plea agreement with the prosecutor, she pleaded guilty in July 2013 to making and possessing pipe bombs.

Story warned her that if she got in trouble again, he’d send her to prison.

At the time, Story said the decision on her sentencing was one of the most difficult he’s had to make.

“This may be the worst decision I’ve ever made, and you may make me look like an absolute fool, but I’m going to give you a chance,” he told Savage in February.

Federal prosecutors had asked for three years in prison followed by three years of supervised release, citing the seriousness of the charges, anti-government statements she had posted online and previous run-ins with law enforcement.

Her attorney had argued Savage was immature and suffered from untreated mental illness at the time of her arrest, saying she detonated bombs as a form of release for her anger and frustration and never intended to hurt anyone.

Savage went to a tattoo parlor in Flowery Branch on Aug. 9 and became hostile when she realized the owner of the business, Mind’s Eye Tattoo on McEver Road, was one of the narcotics agents involved in her federal case, federal probation officers wrote in a request for a warrant submitted to Story. She left when asked but came back later intoxicated and demanded service.

When she was denied service because she was intoxicated, she intentionally destroyed a glass table, the officers wrote.

She also drove her car while drunk that night, and police officers found methamphetamine in her purse and prescription pills marked for sale in her vehicle, the probation officers wrote.

She faces charges including possession of methamphetamine, driving under the influence, criminal trespass and possession of prescription drugs with intent to distribute.

She has been held in the Hall County jail without bond since her arrest.



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