Arlington man who had bunker with guns, explosives sentenced

James Bowden was arrested in November 2021 after threatening another man with a gun. Police discovered chemicals suitable for making explosives on his property.

ARLINGTON, Wash. — A Snohomish County man was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for illegally possessing firearms and “destructive devices.”

James Wesley Bowden, 42, was arrested in November 2021 after threatening another man with a gun. During the search, police found a laboratory-style room in the garage with chemicals and equipment “suitable for the production of homemade explosives,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Ky.

Police also found an underground bunker in the garage containing guns, ammunition, grenades, silencers, ballistic armor and other equipment. Two of the guns have been modified to be fully automatic.

Bowden was banned from owning any firearms due to two felony convictions.

At the time, staff from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Administration, the FBI, the Washington State Patrol, and the Washington National Guard were working to reduce existing hazards on the Burn Road property.

In May 2022, Bowden pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a machine gun, and possession of a destructive device.

Bowden was sentenced on December 2.

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Edmund DeMarche

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