Senior obsessed with idea of nuclear war sentenced

A photo from inside a bunker at the home of William Feldhoff. (Barrie Police photo)

A photo from inside a bunker at the home of William Feldhoff. (Barrie Police photo)

Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:34 PM ET

BARRIE, Ont. — A 77-year-old Barrie man who was “obsessed” with the idea of a nuclear world war was sentenced to prison Thursday for keeping an arsenal of bombs, booby traps and explosives used for chemical warfare stashed throughout his home and a backyard bunker.

Willy Feldhoff, sat with his head bowed low in the prisoner’s box as the judge sentenced him to four and a half years in prison plus three years probation. But he only has 18 months left to serve after receiving enhanced credit for the almost two years he has already spent in jail since his arrest July 12, 2012.

He pleaded guilty to 16 counts, including possession of explosive devices, explosive substances and firearms.

“He collected an arsenal designed to cause serious bodily harm or death,” said Justice Glenn Krelove. “The potential for a major catastrophe was significant if this house ever caught on fire.”

Police, bomb experts and fire officials evacuated the neighborhood and spent 12 days at a cost of almost $300,000 at his home on Virgilwood Cres., dismantling the explosive stash hidden in a concrete backyard bunker, a chemical lab, his shed and a false wall in his home. His bunker was equipped with video surveillance and a control panel that could detonate devices outside.


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