Woman who detonated pipe bombs sent to prison for probation violations

When sentencing Celia Savage to six years probation in February for making pipe bombs, U.S. District Judge Richard Story warned that if she got into trouble again, he’d send her to prison.

Story made good on that threat Friday, revoking Savage’s probation and sentencing her to three years behind bars. The 25-year-old Cornelia woman was arrested in August after destroying a glass table at a Flowery Branch tattoo parlor. She has been held without bond in Hall County Jail ever since, charged with methamphetamine possession, driving under the influence, criminal trespass and possession of prescription drugs with intent to distribute.

Savage captured national headlines in May 2012 after federal agents discovered explosive devices, guns and anarchist literature at her home. She reached a plea deal in July 2013 with prosecutors, who asked for a three-year prison sentence, but Story was a bit more forgiving.

“This may be the worst decision I’ve ever made, and you may make me look like an absolute fool, but I’m going to give you a chance,” he told Savage in February.

A tearful Savage apologized to the judge Friday morning, blaming her outburst at the tattoo parlor on her alcoholism and lack of self-control, according to the Associated Press.

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