Sentencing delayed for Utah man investigated in government bomb-threat case

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SALT LAKE CITY — Sentencing has been pushed back to Thursday for a Utah man who was the target of a FBI task force for allegedly plotting to bomb government offices.

The 35-year-old Keith Max Pierce of Provo agreed to a plea deal in September that calls for him to serve two years in a federal prison and get mental health treatment. He pleaded guilty to a weapons charge.

After his arrest in July 2013, FBI agents said Pierce threatened to kill members of Congress who voted for the Patriot Act. But, he was only charged with illegally modifying an AR-15 into a machine gun.

Pierce's father says in a letter to the court this is his son's first trouble with the law. He says his son has always helped others.

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