Meter reader sentenced in bombing incident

Staff Report

Last update: March 18, 2005

DELAND -- A DeLeon Springs man who blew up a former supervisor's mailbox was sentenced Thursday to two years of community control.
Daniel Scott Andrews, 34, pleaded no contest last week to charges of discharging a destructive device, making and possessing a bomb, and an unrelated drug possession charge. Circuit Judge S. James Foxman also sentenced Andrews to three years' probation and ordered him to stay away from the victim, Patrick Casey.

According to arrest records, Andrews, who read water meters for Orange City Public Works, had an ongoing feud with Casey.

The Jan. 28 explosion sent plastic mailbox pieces as far as 90 feet and killed a bird.

Neither the victim nor the State Fire Marshal's office asked for jail time, State Attorney spokeswoman Linda Pruitt said, but prosecutors did request an electronic ankle monitor. The Department of Corrections has the final say on the monitor.

Andrews will remain in the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he's been housed since a February drug arrest, until he completes a mental health evaluation.