Man who mailed pipe bomb that exploded at East Chicago post office gets 29 years

David Westland played the same scene over and over in his head of his children opening the mailbox and finding the pipe bomb sent to their home.

“I have four kids and a wife. They were all directly put in danger,” Westland said through tears.

Westland and his wife, Nicole Bennett, spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about the “fear” and “terror” their family went through in 2017 in the 35 days from when a pipe bomb went off at an East Chicago post office and when Eric Krieg was arrested.

Westland and Bennett sat in the front row in Hammond’s federal courthouse as Krieg, 47, of Munster, was sentenced Thursday to 29 years in prison.

In exchange for his guilty plea, the government agreed to dismiss one of Krieg’s charges that carried a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison with a maximum sentence of life.

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