Augusta Man Sentenced to Nine Months in Prison on Explosives Charge
An Augusta man who forced the evacuation of neighbors when explosives were found in his home has been sentenced to nine months in prison. Jeremy Upp pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to criminal use of explosives. He received a three-year sentence, but all but nine months was suspended. He also received two years of probation. The 36-year-old Upp was arrested May 17 after investigators got a warrant to search his apartment following reports of explosions at the rear of the property. Authorities described the explosives found as triacetone triperoxide. Acting State Fire Marshal Joseph Thomas says there was no indication Upp planned any harm. Upp’s attorney tells the Kennebec Journal, his client was simply curious and making homemade firecrackers.