The vice president of a Pierce County motorcycle gang was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for what federal prosecutors say was a plot to blow up a Spanaway bar.
Karl "King Karl" Twilleager, 66, previously pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered short-barreled shotgun and being a felon in possession of explosives.
Federal agents contend Twilleager and his compatriots planned to use the explosives to bomb Uncle Sam's Bar & Grill on Pacific Avenue. An informant told investigators Twilleager held a grudge against the bar because members of a rival gang were know to hang out there.
"Innocent bystanders could have been caught up in the carnage," U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a news release.
Agents raided Twilleager's home and storage locker in June.
They found two sticks of an explosive called Emulsion, blasting caps, rifles, shotguns and pistols, court records show. There were a dozen guns in all plus ammunition.
A previous conviction for second-degree murder in Grant County prohibited Twilleager from owning guns.
Twilleager's attorney wrote in a sentencing memorandum that his client is a Vietnam War veteran who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and other ailments.
Twilleager apologized for his actions in a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton.
"I understand that my actions have consequences beyond their effect on my freedom," he wrote. "I understand that it may be difficult for the court to show me leniency considering my history, but I am accepting a long prison term and only hope that my health will be good enough at the end of the sentence where I might still be able to enjoy some time while free."