Nursing-Home Bomb Plot Foiled in Tennessee

     NASHVILLE (CN) — A Tennessee man was charged over the weekend with possession of an explosive device, accused of attaching a bomb to his estranged wife’s car in a nursing home parking lot.
     Mitchell Oakes, 41, allegedly attached a live explosive device to a car parked at the National Healthcare Corporation Cool Springs facility in Franklin, Tenn., on Saturday.
     The bomb was found when Oakes’ estranged wife, who works as a nurse at the NHC facility, got to her car and discovered it attached to the driver’s side door, authorities say. She reportedly saw that it had wires and believed it to be a bomb.
     Local, state and federal law enforcement officials confirmed that the device was indeed a bomb. They moved it to a safe area, where it exploded during an attempt to render it safe.
     The nurse was estranged from Oakes, her husband, and got a restraining order against him in Virginia on June 10, according to law enforcement authorities.
     She reportedly told police that Oakes had extensive knowledge about explosive devices and that she received a threatening phone call from him earlier in the week.
     Oakes had previously been sentenced to four years in prison for solicitation to commit second-degree murder. He was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2014.
     The Pikeville, Tenn., resident was charged Saturday with possessing an explosive device and being a convicted felon in possession of an explosive device. He faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge if convicted.
     Middle Tennessee U.S. Attorney David Rivera announced the charges Monday.

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