Oklahoma pipe bomb suspect found not guilty due to insanity

Psychological examinations showed former Air Force airman Benjamin Roden had "a severe mental disease or defect."
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TULSA, Okla. — A man accused of detonating a pipe bomb outside an Oklahoma military recruiting station was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Court records in Tulsa indicate a federal judge handed down the verdict Tuesday to 29-year-old Benjamin Roden.

Benjamin Don Roden
Benjamin Don RodenTulsa County Sheriffs Office / via AP file

The former Air Force senior airman was indicted for destruction of government property after a pipe bomb exploded in front of an unoccupied Air Force recruiting station near Tulsa on July 10, 2017. No one was hurt.

The ruling states psychological examinations of Roden proved he had "a severe mental disease or defect" and didn't understand what he was doing when the offense occurred. Federal prosecutors agreed to the verdict.

The judge ordered Roden to remain in federal custody for treatment. Roden has been required to take antipsychotic medication.

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