Man who mailed pipe bomb that exploded at East Chicago post office argues for release based on sentence served, COVID-19 virus

A man whose pipe bomb exploded at an East Chicago post office is requesting that a judge block prosecutors from filing a fifth extension to his 2019 motion that his sentence was calculated incorrectly.

Eric Krieg, of Munster, filed a hand-written motion representing himself April 20 stating that the most recent deadline for the government to respond is May 1. But, he argues that he has already served 85% of his actual sentence and, given the COVID-19 pandemic, he should be released.

Krieg, 48, was sentenced in April 2019 to 29 years in prison. After taking a plea deal, he pleaded guilty in December 2018 to four counts, including making an unregistered device, mailing a destructive device, malicious use of explosive materials and mailing a threatening communication.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the government agreed to dismiss one charge that carried a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison with a maximum sentence of life.

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