Federal Grand Jury returns indictment charging would-be bomber

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:58:41 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 18 2013 09:22:31 PM CST

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Terry Loewen with attempting to explode a car bomb at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

On Friday, the 58-year-old Loewen was initially charged in a criminal complaint in U.S. District Court. On Wednesday, a federal grand jury reviewed the evidence and returned an indictment against Loewen. The charges in the indictment are identical to the charges in the complaint filed last week: One count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred Friday at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. Loewen was arrested about 5:40 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Wichita airport, where he is alleged to have attempted to detonate a car bomb.

If convicted, Lowen faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.