Colorado Springs man sentenced for illegal possession of dynamite

Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
POSTED: 12:13 PM MDT Jun 05, 2013    UPDATED: 12:15 PM MDT Jun 05, 2013 

A Colorado Springs man is sentenced to 24 months in prison for being a felon in possession of explosives.

Arthur Ray Hickman, 45, was also ordered to spend three years on supervised release after serving his sentence.

According to court records, Colorado Springs Police were called to a money advancing business on North Academy Boulevard to investigate a fraud allegation in February of 2012. The officer interviewed a vault teller at the business, who reported the person, who turned out to be Hickman, had tried to cash what she believed was a fraudulent check.

As part of the fraud investigation, Hickman's home was searched on April 12 of 2012. During the search, detectives found a box with three sticks of dynamite in Hickman's bedroom.

Hickman, a prior felon, knowingly illegally possessed the dynamite.  Hickman had done research to determine how safe it was to store dynamite in his bedroom.  The dynamite that Hickman possessed is an explosive under federal law.

Prior to Hickman’s possession of the dynamite he had been convicted of: receiving/known stolen property (San Diego County, CA); felon/addict/possess firearm (Minnehaha County, SD); possession of controlled substance (El Paso County, CO); forgery-government issued document (El Paso County, CO); ID theft-possess with intent to use, conspiracy (El Paso County, CO); ID theft-possess with intent to use (El Paso County, CO).

“Thanks to the outstanding work of the Colorado Springs Police Department and the ATF, an individual who was a felon in possession of dynamite and involved in identity theft has been sent to prison for his crimes,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Hickman was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Sibert.