By Danny Schrafel
A former Home Depot employee convicted of planting a bomb in the Huntington Station store in an aborted attempt to extort $2 million in 2012 has been sentenced to 30 years and one month in federal prison.
The sentence for Daniel Sheehan, 52, of Deer Park, was handed down in U.S. District Court Feb. 6 by Judge Denis Hurley. Sheehan’s attorney, Mineola-based Ed Jenks, said Sheehan plans to appeal the sentence.
Authorities said Sheehan sent an anonymous letter to the Huntington Station store in October 2012, warning that a bomb had been placed in the lighting department. He claimed it was a demonstration of his ability to sneak in the bomb, while also demanding $2 million and threatening to detonate pipe bombs in three stores on Black Friday if they didn’t cough up the cash.
A second letter came in five days later, lowering the ransom to $1 million. Sheehan also threatened to be “wired up like a Christmas tree” when he collected the money.
Police and FBI agents arrested Sheehan on Nov. 7, 2012. He was convicted the following summer on felony charges of extortion and use of a destructive device in the commission of a felony, which carries a minimum 30-year sentence.
The extortion attempt cost Home Depot $1.5 million in additional security expenses, federal prosecutors said according to published reports, which added that Hurley would determine what Sheehan owed Home Depot in the future.