Soldier Gets 11 Years for Detonating Chemical Weapon

'Everything I had worked so hard for, given my all for, was ripped away from me,' one victim says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2018 10:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – He'd faced up to life in prison, but Ryan Keith Taylor got a decidedly lighter sentence after pleading guilty to setting off a bomb near a US Army post in April 2017. CNN reports the 24-year-old got hit with just over 11 years behind bars for "manufacturing, possessing, and detonating a chemical weapon" in the Kisatchie National Forest next to Louisiana's Fort Polk. The bomb, which contained chlorine gas, seriously injured two US Army soldiers who rushed over to see what had happened after they heard the bomb detonate. Their injuries from inhaling the gas "effectively ended their military careers," per a DOJ release.

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"In one single day I went from being in peak physical fitness to having 20% lung capacity at 25 years old," Joshua Farbro, one of the injured soldiers, told the American Press earlier this month. "My military career was over, and now I'm told that I'm too much of a medical liability to be considered for employment in any capacity. Everything I had worked so hard for, given my all for, was ripped away from me." NBC News notes it's not clear why Taylor set off the bomb. "Those serving our country put their lives on the line daily to protect us," says US Attorney David C. Joseph in the release. "They should not be put in danger needlessly." Taylor's prison stint will be followed by five years of supervised release. (Read more US soldiers stories.)

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