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Ga. woman gets probation on explosives charges

Updated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 | 2:49 p.m.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A north Georgia woman who pleaded guilty to federal explosives charges was sentenced to serve six years on probation.

U.S. District Judge Richard Story on Friday told Celia Savage he was taking a chance by not sending her to prison. He warned her that if she appeared before him again that he would do just that.

In an agreement with prosecutors, Savage pleaded guilty in July to making and possessing pipe bombs.

Savage made an emotional statement to Story before her sentencing. Afterward, she hugged and thanked the more than two dozen people who came to support her.

Federal agents raided Savage's home in May 2012 and found two pipe bombs and guns, as well as illegal drug paraphernalia and suspected drugs, according to court documents.