Rolland Gilstrap, Glendale Keeper of Pipe Bombs, Going to Prison for Nearly Five Years

Rolland Gilstrap likes guns. Says so right on his Facebook site.

But the feds say former Glendale resident wasn't to supposed to have his heavy-duty arsenal of 17 firearms because of a previous conviction for a domestic-violence assault.

And he really, really shouldn't have kept those six pipe-bombs in the closet of his mobile home.

Following a guilty plea on a charge for the bombs, (specifically, unlawful possession of unregistered destructive devices), Gilstrap was sentenced on October 1st by U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver to 57 months in prison.

On social media sites, Gilstrap says he's worked for a firearms dealer, C3 Arms in Phoenix. He amassed a decent collection of personal firearms, a June 2012 indictment shows, including a Bushmaster AR-15, two AK-47-type rifles and a LARS Grizzly M4 15, which takes .223-caliber ammo like an AR-15.

In court records, Gilstrap admitted he kept the six pipe bombs in a metal ammunition container inside his mobile home, located at 7920 West Glendale Avenue. It's unclear who made the devices.

"All six pipe bombs were similar in shape and size, roughly 10 inches long, sealed at both ends, fused with pyrotechnic fuse, and contained low-explosive main charge," Gilstrap confessed in his plea agreement.

What Gilstrap planned to do with the bombs isn't mentioned in online court documents.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.