Kingsport businessman pleads not guilty to pipe bomb charges

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) – A Kingsport businessman accused of bombing his competitor’s office in Johnson City earlier this month has pleaded not guilty to arson and three counts of possession of a pipe bomb.

The Johnson City Press ( ) reports that Christopher Alexander entered his pleas on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Greeneville.

A federal prosecutor says Alexander bombed a Johnson City prosthetics store July 5 after the store’s owners accused Alexander of over-charging his customers. No one was hurt in the incident.

Police say after the bomb detonated, officers found a pipe bomb inside Alexander’s van and inside his home.

If convicted, Alexander faces 20 years in prison on the arson charge and a 10-year sentence on each pipe bomb possession charge. Alexander will remain in custody pending his Sept. 29 trial.

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