A 34-year-old Beatrice man who tossed explosives into the Big Blue River while boating has been given 18 months of probation.
In a deal with prosecutors, Grant Crannell had pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of attempted assault, criminal mischief and use of an explosive without a permit. He was sentenced on Wednesday in Gage County District Court.
Crannell also most perform 20 hours of community service.
Authorities say Crannell was throwing the explosives into the river from a crowded boat on Aug. 13 when one of the devices detonated under the craft. A pregnant woman suffered minor injuries when she and others were thrown into the water. The fetus was not harmed.
Court records say the explosives were homemade devices about 5
inches long, wrapped in tape.
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