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LAX dry ice bomb suspects get probation for disruptive blasts

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Two men who sparked panic at Los Angeles International Airport last fall by setting off so-called dry-ice bombs have been sentenced to three years' probation and 480 hours of community service.

Dicarlo Bennett, 29, and Miguel Angel Iniguez, 41, each pleaded no contest Friday to one felony count of possession of a destructive device in connection with two bombs that exploded in an employee bathroom in Terminal 2 and in a tarmac area at another terminal. A third device never detonated.

Iniguez worked for Servisair and was Bennett's supervisor.

Bennett's attorney, Ben Wasserman, had told The Times that his client got the dry ice from a plane's cargo hold to protect a dog that was being loaded.

"He and others were concerned about the fumes from the dry ice killing the dog," Wasserman said.

Bennett's intent was not to make a destructive device or hurt anyone, Wasserman added.

No injuries were reported in any of the incidents. At the time, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck described the devices as "more of a noise device than a device that causes damage."

The devices brought the LAPD bomb squad to the airport two days in a row, delaying some flights and prompting increased security.

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