Man Sentenced for Attempting to Bring Explosive onto Plane

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Marc Muffley, 41, of Landsford, Pennsylvania, was sentenced this week to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. United States District Court Judge John M. Gallagher handed down the sentence for Muffley’s attempt to place an explosive device on an aircraft and possessing an explosive at an airport.

On February 27, 2023, Muffley carried a bag containing an explosive device, butane, lithium batteries, and a lighter at Lehigh Valley International Airport. He checked the bag on a flight bound for Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida. When Muffley heard his name paged over the airport’s public address system, he fled. He contacted his girlfriend to pick him up and changed his phone number to avoid being tracked. The FBI arrested him on February 28, 2023, and he pled guilty on January 17, 2024.

“The possession of an explosive on a plane poses a grave risk,” said U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero. S”I commend the efforts of local, state, and federal enforcement officials in their diligence and moving swiftly, thereby ensuring the safety of all those affected.”

Wayne A. Jacobs, special agent in charge of FBI Philadelphia, emphasized the importance of protecting the public and preventing potentially deadly incidents.

The FBI investigated the case with support from multiple agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Schopf is prosecuting the case.

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