MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR MANUFACTURING EXPLOSIVE DEVICE IN ANAHEIM MOBILE HOME WHILE STREAMING ON FACEBOOK LIVE

FULLERTON, Calif. – A man was sentenced to four years in state prison today for manufacturing an explosive device in his mobile home in Anaheim while streaming on Facebook Live. Jeff Edward Reece, 34, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of an explosive and one felony count of attempted arson of an inhabited property.

On Oct. 28, 2016, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Anaheim Police Department (APD) received a call from a concerned citizen about Reece. The defendant made threats and turned on his stove burners, filling his mobile home with gas, while streaming video of the event on Facebook Live. Officers responded to his residence on Coronet Avenue in Anaheim and evacuated neighboring mobile homes. The defendant continued to stream on Facebook Live while constructing an explosive device known as a Molotov cocktail, which is a fuel-filled bottle. After two hours of negotiation with APD, Reece was taken to be treated at a nearby hospital.

On Nov. 2, 2016, Reece was arrested by APD, who investigated this case.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office encourages the public to report dangerous activities that they see in person or online to their local police department for the safety of the community.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Jess Rodriguez of the Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted this case.

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 16NF3001 / January 27, 2017

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