UPDATE: Man Accused of Throwing Molotov Cocktails Gets Probation

By: 1011 News; Associated Press
By: 1011 News; Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A Lincoln man accused of throwing several Molotov cocktails last year has been given two years of probation.

Online court records say 28-year-old Daniel Walter was sentenced on Friday.

He was given two years each on five counts of attempted possession of a destructive device, and the sentences will run at the same time.

Prosecutors lowered the charges in return for Walter's pleas of no contest.

Authorities say four of the incendiary devices were thrown in the Cripple Creek area in March 2013. A fifth was thrown in a different area. The bottles caused minor damage but did not turn into large fires.

The burning bottles were thrown from a white Dodge Neon into five different neighborhoods, three of which landed in the neighborhood Director of Safety's, Tom Casady lives.

"So I took a little personal interest in it," said Casady.

Casady says surveillance video taken from a nearby church was posted on Crime Stoppers, but he took it a step further.

"I also posted the photos on my personal blog," said Casady. "Along with some observations about what seemed to be some fairly if not unique, at least descriptive aspects of the vehicle."

A week later, police received a tip from someone who reads Casady's blog, saying she recognized the vehicle.

"It had black door handles, a black mirror housing, it had some black trip on the roof," said Casady. "And it looked like it was missing its passenger side rear-view mirror."

Walter was arrested a short time after the tip came into police.


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