A man who put a bomb under his ex-wife's fiance's car in a Cary neighborhood in 2015 will be serving 30 years in federal prison for that and for conspiring to make methamphetamine.
James Curtis Denton, 37, who was living in Willow Springs, drew the three-decade sentence from a U.S. district judge Thursday.
Denton was the one, a federal jury decided in February 2017, who put a piece of PVC pipe loaded with black powder and shrapnel under a Ford Explorer. It blew up as the owner was driving it on Glade Hill Drive in Cary on May 28, 2015.
The bomb did little damage, and the driver was unhurt, but when he called 911 after the mid-afternoon blast, he told dispatchers, "I had vandalization to my car – I guess you could call it attempted murder."
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The U.S. Attorney's Office said in announcing the sentence that the Explorer belonged to a man engaged to Denton's ex-wife.
Investigators determined the bomb had been put under the car early that morning.
Cary police arrested Denton the next day on a charge of violating a domestic restraining order. Wake County sheriff's deputies had charged him in October 2014 with violating a protective order and stalking.
The U.S. attorney said Denton's drug involvement came to light during the explosion investigation.
In addition to the meth conspiracy charges, the federal jury convicted Denton of possession and transportation of an explosive by a drug user with intent to injure or kill someone.