Man accused in airport bomb plot arraigned in federal court

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email
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WICHITA, Kan. -- Just hours after being arrested, the man accused of plotting to bomb Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport was arraigned in federal court.

The main purpose of the arraignment was for Loewen, 58, to understand the charges he faces.

Loewen is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property with explosives and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terror organization. If found guilty he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Loewen was brought into the courtroom in chains. He wore a black hoodie, a turquoise t-shirt, and blue pants. He had a full head of hair, a slightly graying beard, and he wore glasses.

He sat calmly throughout the hearing, answering all the judges questions respectfully and clearly in his deep voice.

The judge explained to Loewen that the United States plans to present its case against him to the grand jury for indictment next Wednesday.

Loewen's preliminary hearing was scheduled for next Friday. He will also have a detention hearing Friday to determine where he will be during the case's proceedings.

In the meantime, the judge remanded Loewen into the custody of U.S. Marshals.

All the while, Loewen's wife sat quietly in the courtroom. At one point, the judge spoke directly to her, asking her if she had any questions. She asked the judge if she needs to be at the grand jury testimony next week. The judge told her she is not allowed to be there. Loewen's wife also stressed the importance of her husband having access to his medication given his heart stint.

Loewen will next appear in court during his preliminary hearing. That hearing is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m.


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