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Man who firebombed Loudoun Corrections building arrested on federal charges


Jonathan Ernesto Godoy


A Maryland man charged in connection with firebombing the Loudoun Community Corrections building has been arrested on federal charges.

Jonathan Ernesto Godoy, 25, of Frederick, made an initial appearance in the U.S. Eastern District of Virginia Court today on a charge of using a destructive device.

He faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years to a maximum of life in prison if convicted.

Godoy was arrested July 2014 by local authorities, but the charges were nolle prosequi on July 31 of this year.

Godoy was on supervised probation in Loudoun at the time of the incident. In danger of violating his probation due to missed appointments, adulterated urine samples and positive drug tests, Godoy, along with a co-conspirator, made two Molotov cocktails and tried to throw the devices into Godoy's probation officer's window.

At least on the devices exploded inside the Loudoun County Department of Corrections building on Loudoun Street SE and caused severe fire damage, according to court documents.

The Nov. 14, 2012, fire caused such damage that its occupants had to move to an alternate location. The fire caused more than $300,000 in property damage and relocation costs.

About a year prior to the firebombing, Godoy was arrested in Loudoun for possession of methadone and marijuana. He was sentenced to a year of supervised probation.

Between Sept. 5, 2012, and Nov. 13, 2012, court documents say Godoy missed appointments with his probation officer, provided fake urine samples and tested positive for drugs.

Law enforcement closed in on the case following a May 4, 2014, tip to the Leesburg Police's Crime Line. The tip led officers to Godoy's Facebook page, where they found he had communicated with someone, asking them to drive him to Leesburg to firebomb the building.

The co-conspirator, James “DJ” Schrampf, admitted to helping Godoy, according to court documents.

Schrampf told investigators he drove Godoy to a Wal-Mart in Frederick, Md., where he purchased Perrier bottled waters to make Molotov cocktails.

They stopped on the way to Leesburg to assemble the firebombs. Once the two threw the bottles at the building, court documents say the two drove to a nearby fire station to watch firefighters response before driving back to Maryland.

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