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Man gets 40 years in car bombing

Dec. 15, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. -- A Russell, Ky., man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Friday for putting a bomb in his wife's car in Ashland last year, said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jason Greer.

Thomas Keith Biederman, 52, of Russell, was convicted earlier this year of criminal attempt to commit murder and use of a weapon of mass destruction following an eight-day trial before Boyd County Circuit Judge George B. Davis III.

The jury recommended a 20-year sentence on each charge, Greer said.

"It's a good outcome," Greer said Friday. "He's obviously a dangerous individual. It's lucky there were no innocent victims."

Davis ordered the sentences to be served consecutively. He also made a finding that Biederman is a violent offender, meaning he has to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible to see the parole board. Under Kentucky law, however, he won't be able to see the parole board until he serves at least 20 years in prison.

No mention was made during final sentencing of any appeal.

Biederman was convicted of trying to kill his wife by placing a pipe bomb in her car last year in Ashland. The bomb exploded in a parking garage in the 1200 block of Bath Avenue, injuring Janie Biederman. She was treated at an Ashland hospital for burns and cuts and released.

The bomb exploded when she started her convertible, according to authorities.