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UPDATE: Five-year prison sentence recommended for Johnson City pipe bomber

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The U.S. Attorney's Office in Greeneville issued a prison sentence recommendation Tuesday for a former Tri Cities prosthetics business owner convicted of blowing up a competitor's shop in Johnson City.

Court records obtained by News 5 indicates the sentencing memorandum for Christopher Wayne Alexander proposes five-years in prison for the Kingsport man who prosecutors said placed pipe bombs that exploded inside Victory Orthotics and Prosthetics in July 2015.

Police found Alexander just a few blocks away from the store the night of the bombing and discovered more pipe bomb items in his van. A subsequent search of his home found bomb-making materials in a walk-in safe located in his basement along with a cache of guns.

Alexander pleaded guilty last June to four felonies including three counts of possessing an unregistered pipe bomb and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 13.

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