Man who bombed USAF recruiting station forced to take drugs to stand trial

A disgraced Senior Airman charged in the 2017 bombing of an Oklahoma Air Force recruiting station has been found fit to stand trial.

29-year-old former SrA Benjamin John Roden was initially ruled to be incompetent in August of last year by US Magistrate Frank McCarthy, following an evaluation by a Federal Bureau of Prisons doctor.

Charged with setting off a pipe bomb at the Bixby Air Force recruiting station on July 10 of 2017, Roden was indicted on August 1 and transferred to a medical facility for treatment on August 29 of the same year.

Roden, who had refused to take antipsychotic drugs, was eventually forced to take the medication after authorities received an all-clear to do so.

Roden’s bombing campaign reportedly stemmed from his hatred for the USAF, who blamed after he was not permitted to re-enlist into the US Marines following his discharge from the Air Force.

According to Tulsa World, Roden was charged with two counts of destruction of federal property, malicious damage to federal property by use of explosive, and use of explosive to commit a federal felony.

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