Baylor Eldric Maggenti, Facing Illegal Firearms, Bomb-Material Counts, Has Child Porn Added
Costa Mesa Police said in December investigators received "credible information" about someone having illegal explosive materials at a commercial business park on Whittier Avenue, which is also where Maggenti lived.
Detectives contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Intelligence Assessment Center and the sheriff's Bomb Squad about the tip, which led to a search warrant being served at the address, which is where police say improvised explosive device (IED) material and 34 firearms were found. Some were semi-automatic and some were commemorative or collectible, but a police spokesman said at the time a short-barreled shotgun and a semi-automatic handgun "with potentially illegal modifications" were among the cache.
Baylor Eldric Maggenti Held After Material to Make IED Bombs, Cache of 34 Guns Found
Maggenti was subsequently arrested on suspicion of unlawfully possessing explosive-making materials. The illegal firearms counts were filed when the Orange County District Attorney's office charged Maggenti, who was looking at up to five years and four months in state prison with a conviction on those counts. The alleged child porn was found during the December search, but that felony count was not added until the day last week the defendant made his plea in Orange County Superior Court.
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