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Suburban Phoenix teen pleads guilty in explosive device case

TEMPE, Ariz. — A 19-year-old Tempe man accused of having an improvised
explosive device in his bedroom in his family’s home has pleaded guilty to
misdemeanor charge of disorderly count.

Joshua Prater had previously been charged with misconduct involving weapons,
but a Maricopa County Superior Court spokeswoman said he pleaded guilty to the
reduced charge Wednesday.

Police have said a cleaning woman in May 2013 found the device inside the home
and took it to a fire station.

Firefighters notified police, and the bomb squad responded and disabled the


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