Ryan Keith Taylor pled guilty to the explosion of a homemade chemical bomb in Louisiana last year.
(Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office)
An American soldier, that the Ministry of Justice says that “effectively ended” the careers of two others after the explosion of a homemade chemical bomb in the vicinity of Fort Polk in Louisiana, will spend the next 11 years in prison.
The 135-month sentence, which is followed by five years of supervised release, was handed over to Ryan Keith Taylor on Monday after he pleaded guilty to the production, possession, and detonation of a chemical weapon in the Kisatchie National Forest in April 2017.
“Those who serve in our country put their lives on the line daily to protect us. They should not be placed in danger unnecessarily,” David C. Joseph, the Procurator of the V. S. for the Western District of Louisiana, said in a statement. “The chemical weapon of the defendant in this case is prohibited under international and national laws because of the terrible effects on the human body.”
Taylor, 24, was first reported by the military police after three of the soldiers perform an exercise in the area caught him filming the explosion with his mobile phone. The device he made, the Ministry of Justice says, included chlorine gas.
A researcher who responded to the scene ran into trouble after putting a “rock coated in an unknown substance in a plastic bag as part of evidence collection.
“The bag immediately shot and the researcher, plastic gloves and boots began to melt,” the Ministry of Justice said in a statement. “He also began to difficulty breathing and his skin started to burn.”
Investigators say they found bomb-making notes, materials and chemical residues in Taylor’s vehicle, the apartment and the storage building during the search.
Another researcher was reported to have inhaled and hit a number of the residue, sending him to the hospital.
“The two victims who inhaled chlorine gas have been several times treated for their injuries and effectively the end of their military career,” the Ministry of Justice closed.