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Brownsville man pleads guilty to federal charges involving explosives

ATF agents searching the residence of Kenneth Ray Miller in June 2019.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WXOW) - A rural Brownsville man is convicted on a federal charge of making and selling explosives.

In U.S. District Court in Minneapolis Tuesday, Kenneth Ray Miller, 58, pleaded guilty to a charge of Manufacturing and Dealing explosive materials.

The charge dates back to 2019 when an article in Popular Science magazine about Miller making pyrotechnics at his Brownsville home led to a search in June 2019 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Houston County Sheriff's Office along with other state and federal agencies.

As a convicted felon, federal prosecutors said Miller was prohibited from possessing or selling explosive material.

He was charged in March in federal court.

In a statement from the Department of Justice, Miller's guilty plea in documents filed with the court stated that from 2013 until 2020, he made and sold devices that he didn't have a license for or authorization from the ATF to possess the explosive materials.

A sentencing date for Miller wasn't set by the court.

Kevin Millard

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