A Pekin man’s rash of violent actions, in one case involving a powerful pipe bomb, put him in prison Thursday for up to 23 years.
Andrew Waller, 31, carried the bomb in a portable safe when city police stopped his car on March 8. Once officers discovered it after taking the safe to police headquarters, they ordered both that building and the adjacent City Hall to be evacuated.
The Peoria Police Department’s bomb squad detonated the device in the headquarters’ cordoned-off parking lot, sending a loud explosion reverberating through the downtown area.
While Waller never stated his intentions for the bomb, his recent social media postings revealed he was upset with his defense attorney in unrelated cases for “leak(ing) attorney client privilege” to a prosecutor, according to court documents.
He told police the shrapnel-filled bomb had a “kill radius and that if it was detonated outside a residence it could kill someone,” the documents stated. Waller said he obtained the bomb from an unidentified source.
He was sentenced to 12 years for possessing an explosive device and six more for possessing meth with intent to deliver. Police found a container of the drug on Waller during his arrest.
Waller received four more years with his guilty pleas Thursday to aggravated battery and possessing marijuana with intent to deliver, and one year for felony criminal damage to property in cases filed in 2017.
In June that year, he ran toward a car that had stopped to turn from the 2100 block of Marigold Avenue where he lived and struck it with a golf club. Waller later told police that people needed to stop coming down his street, court documents stated.
Two months later, in a fit of road rage, he forced a driver who had passed him on Veterans Drive near Sheridan Road to stop. After the two emerged from their vehicles, Waller punched the other driver repeatedly in the head and face and took his glasses before driving away, the documents stated.
Witnesses alerted police who found Waller soon after the attack. When asked about it, he said he wasn’t going to “lie down and take it.” Police found 68 grams of marijuana and a digital scale in his vehicle, the documents stated.
He’ll be given credit for good behavior and the 245 days he’s spent in custody since his March arrest.