LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Friday morning Jason Sanders was arraigned. He is the 32-year-old arrested Thursday after a confidential informant told Levelland Police that Sanders planned to kill his wife. Sanders is charged with a First Degree Felony of Criminal Solicitation for Capitol Murder after he tried to purchase a pipe bomb in a sting operation. He is now at the Hockley County Jail on a $200,000 bond after several law enforcement agencies including ATF, Lubbock County Sheriff's Bomb Squad, Levelland Police Department, and the Hockley County District Attorney's office all worked together in his arrest Thursday.
Because the case involves an explosive device and AFT, which is a federal agency, it could be tried on the federal level instead of the state level. However, law enforcement has not decided where to try the case yet.
Sander's neighbors say he lived in Littlefield with his girlfriend, who he has two children with. The woman who lives two houses down from Sanders, Jennifer Gage, says she is surprised by his arrest. "I was really shocked. They're not that kind of people. I would have never expected that out of them," said Gage.
The Hockley County District Attorney's Office says Sander's wife, who they think he wanted to kill, is out of state now with family. They are confident she is safe. "Of course we'll never know who all he talked to about this. Our investigation has not revealed any other sources or any other information that led us to believe that there are others involved, but can we be 100% sure. Obviously not," said Kevin Davis, an investigator in the District Attorney's office.
A grand jury will hear Sander's case on July 1st.
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