Nov 13, 2010 4:38 PM by AP

Engineer banned from chemistry in explosives case

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A Longmont engineer who repeatedly ran into legal trouble for improper  explosives has been banned from pursuing chemistry. Retired electrical engineer Ronald Swerlein received the unusual sentence Friday after his second explosives possession conviction. Swerlein holds 11 patents but suffered a brain injury in a car wreck and has said he didn't understand  conditions of his previous conviction.
The new sentence calls for a 60-day jail term and for Swerlein to agree to give up pursuits in chemistry. Swerlein is also banned from possessing fireworks, firearms or "anything destructive."
Swerlein tells the Longmont Times-Call he'll take up a safer hobby - model helicopters.
Information from: Daily Times-Call,

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