Murphy Reaches Plea Deal Colorado Springs Explosion Case

August 3, 2015

A man accused of setting off a small explosion near the NAACP office in Colorado Springs pleaded guilty to arson and other charges under a plea deal with prosecutors.

Forty-four-year-old Thaddeus Murphy appeared in Denver federal court Monday. His lawyer notified the court of the deal in June. Murphy previously pleaded not guilty to arson and possessing a firearm as a felon.

The Jan. 6 blast drew attention because of its proximity to an office of the nation's oldest civil rights organization but Murphy told investigators he had money problems and was actually targeting his accountant. It's unclear if Murphy knew if his accountant died the previous June or if the accountant ever had an office in the building.