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Roanoke man admits to setting pipe bomb

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An army veteran from Roanoke pleads guilty to blowing up his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend's SUV with a pipe bomb.

Derick Gregory Wilson, 24, entered his plea in federal court, Friday.

He admitted he built the explosive device, placed it on the front tire, lit the fuse and ran.

Wilson said he was mad the ex-boyfriend was staying with Wilson's girlfriend until he could move into a new apartment.

No one was hurt in the blast that happened Aug. 1.

After the blast, police found Wilson at home with another pipe bomb.

Wilson says he had been drinking a lot that night.

He faces up to three years and three months in prison when he's sentenced. That hearing has not been scheduled.