Delaware Pipe Bomber Faces Up to 10 Years in Prison
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – March 18, 2019
Mark Consiglio, 49, of Elsmere, Delaware pled guilty on March 14 in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware to possessing a destructive device, commonly known as a pipe bomb, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware David C. Weiss, announced. According to the District of Delaware U.S. Attorney’s Office website, Consiglio is scheduled to be sentenced before the Honorable Richard G. Andrews of the District of Delaware on July 2, 2019. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.
According to court documents and statements made in open court, Consiglio detonated a pipe bomb at his estranged wife’s home in Elsmere in the early morning hours of March 12, 2018 before fleeing the scene. Two 911 callers described the explosion to police.
Two occupants were home at the time of the explosion. The pipe bomb shattered the front living room window of the house where one of the occupants was sleeping at the time. Shrapnel from the explosion was found inside the living room.
After the early morning blast, police found Consiglio riding a bike down Kirkwood Highway. He told them he was "getting cardio." He later admitted to setting off the bomb and was detained by police nearby. Subsequent searches of his Baltimore Avenue home yielded three more pipe bombs, a .38 caliber revolver, materials used to make a pipe bomb, including PVC, fuse wire, ball bearings, and gunpowder, a World War II-era flare launcher that had been modified to accept 9mm ammunition, and a book titled CIA Improvised Sabotage Devices that was dogeared to the page on incendiary devices.
Police also found two handguns, a compound bow, a crossbow, a nightstick, brass knuckles, a samurai sword and several knives with blades ranging from 6 to 10 inches, according to court documents.
They also found ammunition and arrows, as well as a homemade gun that was on a couch in sight of Consiglio's daughter, court records state.
A previous felony plea banned Consiglio from owning deadly weapons, court documents show. Court records state that he admitted to owning one of the guns, knew he was not supposed to have it,and told police he bought it "off the street ... from a crackhead kid."
At the time he set off the pipe bomb, Consiglio was already facing state charges for threatening to kill his wife.