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Man Plotted to Bomb a Mormon Church

ABC 4, Utah, USA
May 6, 2004 • Friday May 7, 2004

A Servier County man plotted to kill the county attorney and the head of the county narcotics strike force and to bomb a Mormon church, authorities allege.

William Carl Busch, 51, is charged with second-degree felony possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, third-degree felony recklessness with an incendiary device and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Sixth District Court Judge David Mower on Tuesday denied bail for Busch, whose wife had told her bishop about the alleged plot. The bishop contacted police.

Busch was arrested April 15 after officers served a search warrant at his house and found about 60 pounds of ammonium nitrate, diesel fuel, an igniting device and two packages of marijuana seeds.

Busch was angry with the two county officials because of an arrest and conviction in 2001 for a marijuana-growing operation, Sevier County Sheriff Phil Barney said. The marijuana operation was big for the area, generating an estimated $13,000 per harvest, he said.

Busch’s wife, Tammie Busch, told the Deseret Morning News that her husband’s resentment toward The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints started when he was a child. He was raised a Jehovah’s Witness and said he often was picked on or excluded from activities because his religion was different, she said.

Tammie Busch has a criminal record for forgery. Both she and her husband are on Social Security for mental disability.

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