SANTA ANA, California – A federal grand jury today issued a four-count indictment against a Long Beach man for his role in the May 15, 2018 bombing of the Magyar Kozmetica spa in Aliso Viejo that killed the man's ex-girlfriend and seriously injured two other people.
Stephen William Beal, 59, who was arrested earlier this month pursuant to a criminal complaint, was charged with four felonies:
· use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death,
· malicious destruction of a building resulting in death,
· use of a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence, and
· possession of an unregistered destructive device.
Beal, who is currently being held without bond in federal custody, is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on March 25.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The charges of use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death and malicious destruction of a building resulting in death each carry a potential sentence of life without parole in federal prison. The charge of use of a destructive device in relation to a crime of violence carries an additional consecutive penalty of 30 years in federal prison. The charge of possession of an unregistered destructive device carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison