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DHS analyst who took a gun to work, set for plea hearing

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. – A Department of Homeland Security analyst by the court for a plea hearing on charges that he took a gun and other weapons in his office in the Washington building.

A hearing is set Wednesday in federal court in Martinsburg, West Virginia, for Jonathan Wienke, which has provisionally signed a plea agreement.

The court filings claim Wienke was wearing a backpack with a knife, infrared camera, pepper spray and handcuffs in the head office 9 June. Authorities found a gun in his pocket.

Filings say authorities found the ingredients for explosives and gun silencers on Wienke’s Martinsburg home.

Wienke previously pleaded not guilty of firearms charges in connection with the making of illegal silencers.

In July, the department’s chief security officer told a parliamentary sub-committee, there is “no indication” Wienke planned violence in the workplace.

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