Man gets 3 years in NATO Summit bomb case

Tribune reporter

A Chicago man accused in a fumbling, cloak-and-dagger plot to build a pipe bomb during last spring’s NATO summit pleaded guilty today and was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

Judge Kenneth Wadas handed down the sentence for Mark Neiweem, 28, who pleaded guilty to one count of attempted possession of an incendiary device, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Neiweem was arrested last May after undercover police officers infiltrated a group of alleged anarchists who had come to Chicago in the days leading up to the summit. According to the charges, Neiweem met with a member of the group in the Schiller Woods Forest Preserve and asked an associate if he had "funds for fun."

When the associate asked what he meant, Neiweem took him on a walk away from others and told him not to talk about their discussion because a member of their group had "diarrhea of the mouth" and his "reckless" text messages could bring law enforcement scrutiny, prosecutors alleged.

Neiweem allegedly told the associate that he wanted him to obtain material to make a pipe bomb. When they rejoined the others in their car, Neiweem allegedly crumpled a piece of paper and tossed it back to the associate, saying it was garbage.

The associate threw it out the window. Neiweem then fetched it and pressed it into the associate's palm, saying that if the associate bought the items on the list, Neiweem could build a pipe bomb, prosecutors said.

Neiweem, who is known as Migs, had been held on $500,000 bond since his arrest.

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