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Man pleads no contest to possessing a destructive device

FILE -- Ronald James McVay appears for his arraignment in court in Bakersfield, Calif., Aug. 17, 2017. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A man whose bomb-making materials led to a bomb squad response at the police headquarters entered a plea Thursday in court.

Ronald James McVay pleaded no contest to possessing a destructive device. A charge of making a destructive device without a permit was dismissed.

He's scheduled to be sentenced next month.

McVay was arrested in August on an unrelated matter, but hours later his family members say they found suspicious items belonging to him and drove those items to the police headquarters to be examined. That's what prompted the bomb squad response.

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