'Bucks County bomber,' girlfriend plead guilty

Jim Melwert
January 27, 2020 - 1:25 pm
David Surman

Bucks County District Attorney

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UPDATED: 1:55 p.m.

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Bucks County man and his girlfriend pleaded guilty to setting off a series of explosives last year in upper-Bucks County that put residents on edge for months. 

David Surman, 32, pleaded to one count of possessing or manufacturing weapons of mass destruction and to charges stemming from possession of child pornography.

His girlfriend, 32-year-old Tina Smith, pleaded guilty to possession of explosive materials.

As part of the plea deal, dozens of other charges were dropped. Surman will avoid state prison time, with a maximum county jail sentence of about one to two years, followed by 10 years of probation.

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Smith is sentenced to four and a half years of probation.

Prosecutor Antonetta Stancu says, with 10 years of supervision, she has faith in the county probation office.

"They’ll be under a tight watch," Stancu said.

Both Smith and Surman apologized in court. Surman says he didn’t mean to make people think they were in danger, nor did he mean to destroy property. He said he acted with immaturity but never with malice.

"Just for fun, not to hurt anyone. I think the fact that farm fields were selected speaks for itself," said Smith's lawyer, Robert Goldman.

"I don’t see how anyone could have thought it was fun," Stancu said. "But clearly we’re just so grateful nobody got injured in all of this."