A Pittsburgh man has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to leaving a bag of explosives downtown after riots broke out in the streets last year.
According to the Justice Department, Michanowicz, 53, filled a camouflage backpack with “homemade destructive devices,” then left the backpack in downtown Pittsburgh. The bag was planted on or around May 31 of last year at PNC Plaza, according to authorities.
According to police, Michanowicz road a bicycle to PNC Plaza where police say that Michanowicz looked around before planting the bag in the bushes.
Michanowicz claimed that he was in the area to survey damage from recent riots in the city but did not admit to planting the bag or owning the weapons, despite photographs and video evidence.
Michanowicz was sentenced to 18 months of time served, in addition to three years of supervised release. He will serve the first 180 days under house arrest.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office were involved in the investigation.
Pittsburgh saw the worst riots in decades last year following the murder of George Floyd.