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Kingsport man pleads guilty after selling dynamite to minor

December 7th, 2011 6:34 am by Kacie Breeding

BLOUNTVILLE — A Kingsport man who sold commercial-grade dynamite and a blasting cap to a juvenile who thought he was purchasing a Roman candle firework has pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and possession of explosive components in exchange for an effective one-year sentence.

David Alan Conklin, 27, 4141 Reservoir Road, pleaded guilty in Sullivan County Circuit Court Tuesday to felony reckless endangerment and possession of explosive components. He was sentenced to one year with at least 30 percent service required in count one, and 11 months and 29 days with 75 percent service required in count two, with both sentences to run concurrently. An alternative sentencing hearing will be held Feb. 14, 2012.

Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Julie Canter advised the court the state’s proof at trial would have been that on March 21 the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office received information that a juvenile was in possession of dynamite.

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