Man Gets 4 Years in Prison for Planting Explosive in Officer’s Car

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AKRON, Ohio— A Garfield Heights man will spend the next four years behind bars for planting an explosive in a Northfield Village police officer’s car.

Justin Fillinger, 25, admitted to putting an M1000 firework — which carries the same explosive power as a quarter stick of dynamite — in the vehicle’s wheel well back in May. Officials say that Fillinger lit the fuse, but the device failed to detonate.

Fillinger was arrested two months later and charged with attempted arson and inducing panic.

Police said Fillinger told an officer he experienced second thoughts after the crime, and that he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time.

At Wednesday’s sentencing, he expressed remorse for his actions.

“I swear I wasn’t trying to hurt nobody … or do damage that was caused. It was stupid, and I take responsibility for it. I can’t stress enough how sorry I am,” Fillinger said in court.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Lynne Callahan, however, was not impressed by the apology.

“The only statements you ever made were you thought it was a dream. No dream. It’s gonna be more like the beginning of a nightmare for you,” said Callahan.