Posted: October 20, 2017

On October 17, 2017, after a four day trial, a jury made up of six women and six men found Jerrold Jay Howe guilty of felony violations of Penal Code section 18720, Possession of Substances and Materials with the Intent to Make an Explosive or Destructive Device, and Health and Safety Code section 12305, Possession of an Explosive. The jury also found the defendant guilty of a misdemeanor violation of Penal Code section 148(a)(1), Resisting, Delaying, or Obstructing Peace Officers.


The charges arose out of a June 7, 2013, unrelated call for service at the defendant's residence in the Grizzly Flats area of El Dorado County. In the defendant's garage, responding deputies located multiple homemade explosives, including improvised black powder. The defendant also possessed multiple destructive devices containing unknown chemical substances, several precursor chemicals used to manufacture explosives, and various materials commonly used to detonate explosives. 


When the defendant learned that law enforcement had located his illegal explosives and destructive devices, he fled to an upstairs bedroom containing firearms. The defendant refused to obey the deputies' repeated commands to exit the bedroom, and was tackled and detained after he moved toward the firearms, which were unsecured and accessible. 

The case was investigated by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Deputy District Attorney Nora Hall represented the People at trial, the Honorable Kenneth Melikian presiding.  The defendant faces a maximum of 5 years, 8 months in "county prison" pursuant to Public Safety Realignment.  The defendant is currently a resident of San Diego County and remains out on bail pending a sentencing hearing scheduled for December 4, 2017.