Eric Krieg, age 46, of Munster was a republican candidate for Lake County Surveyor
November 29, 2018-Eric Krieg of Munster has admitted to sending a pipe bomb that exploded at the East Chicago post office and injured a female postal work on September 6, 2017 according to United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch. In a written statement, Kirsch said that Krieg had agreed to a sentence of 29 years.
According to the plea agreement filed today, Krieg is prepared to admit the following facts:
“From 2012 through August 2017, I engaged in a series of online postings and communications concerning other residents of Northwest Indiana. Through these online postings and communications, I made statements in multiple online forums, including a webpage ‘blog’ format that I controlled and administered.
“Victim 1 was an attorney who represented an individual in a lawsuit against me. This lawsuit was filed in the Lake County, Indiana Superior Court in 2013 based upon statements I made on my blog. After the filing of the lawsuit, I filed bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Indiana. Through filings made in the Bankruptcy Court, Victim 1 claimed the lawsuit could not be discharged in bankruptcy. I agreed to settle the lawsuit with Victim 1’s client. The settlement required me to pay Victim 1’s client $45,000 and post an apology on my blog. I paid $45,000 and made an online apology.
“In retaliation for the filing and settling of this lawsuit and other grudges I held, I devised a plan to construct and mail a pipe bomb that I hoped and believed would kill or injure Victim 1. I constructed this pipe bomb and knew that it contained explosives and items that would produce shrapnel. The pipe bomb was constructed in the Northern District of Indiana. The pipe bomb was not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
“On September 6, 2017, I placed the pipe bomb in the mail by delivering it to the United States Post Office, 901 East Chicago Avenue, East Chicago, Indiana and ensuring it had the appropriate postage. I mailed the pipe bomb with the intention that it kill or injure Victim 1. I am aware the pipe bomb exploded before it was delivered to Victim 1 and instead injured Victim 2, a postal worker. I damaged the Post Office where the pipe bomb exploded. At the time of the explosion, the Post Office was used in interstate commerce or was used in an activity affecting interstate commerce.
Krieg also admitted to sending a threatening letter to a Hammond City employee with whom he had communicated online.
According to Kirsch,, the plea hearing will take place in the near future before United States District Court Senior Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen in the Hammond Federal Courthouse.