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Former businessman Todd Fries convicted of having explosives

Rikki Mitchell

Former businessman Todd Fries convicted of having explosives

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Aug 12, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Former Tucson businessman Todd Russell Fries, also known as Todd Burns, was found guilty in federal court Friday of two counts of possession of explosive devices.

Officials with the United States Attorney's Office tells KGUN9 that federal agents served a search warrant at Fries' home in May, 2011 where they found 24 explosive devices.

He was already under investigation on chemical weapons charges which stemmed from an incident that occurred in 2009 when a chlorine chemical device was put at one of Fries' former client's home.

The chlorine device produced a huge chlorine cloud that enveloped a neighborhood on the northwest side and led to the evacuation of the neighborhood.

He was convicted and sentenced to 151 months on that chemical charge last year. He will be sentenced for this recent conviction on October 18.

He could face up to 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

Rikki Mitchell

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.