Orange County Husband Charged on Bomb and Weapons Charges

Ronald Turner, 44 of Costa Mesa was arrested and charged with several felony charges of possession of a destructive device with intent to injure, possession of a loaded firearm in pubic, possession of a deadly weapon, receiving stolen property, child endangerment and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person. Turner, who is on probation out of Newport Beach Superior Court for domestic violence against his estranged wife was arraigned in Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, California.

Turner plead guilty to a misdemeanor violation of a domestic violence restraining order charge and place on probation in April 2008. In July, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach Police Departments learned that Turner may be in possession of bombs and weapons and that he had continued to threaten his estranged wife. Because Turner had failed to attend a batters treatment program ordered for his misdemeanor probation case, and a warrant for his arrest was issued on July 1, 2008.

On July, 2, 2008 deputies from the Orange County Sheriffs Department conducted a traffic stop of Turners vehicle on the 22 freeway. During a search of Turners vehicle, deputies found handcuffs, pepper spray, knives, 9mm firearm, hollow point bullets, bullet proof vest, bomb making materials, listening device timers and handmade guns.

Turner, because he is on felony probation will likely be held without bail. If convicted, he can face up to 13 years in state prison.

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