HAMMOND — Eric Krieg, who was charged in connection with last year’s pipe bomb explosion at the East Chicago post office, is seeking a third trial delay.

Krieg, of Munster, is asking his trial in federal court be delayed to give his attorney more time to prepare.

Krieg’s attorney, Kevin Milner, said in the motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court that the federal prosecutors agreed.

Krieg was to have had a pretrial conference on Oct. 19, with the trial to begin Nov. 5.

Krieg pleaded not guilty to making and mailing an explosive device Sept. 6 to a Hammond city attorney. The bomb prematurely exploded at the East Chicago post office, injuring a postal worker.

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The government alleges Krieg was targeting an attorney who previously represented Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.’s brother in a defamation lawsuit against Krieg.

Krieg also is accused of mailing a threatening letter received Sept. 29, 2017, by a Hammond city worker.*

* This has been changed from the original, to clarify the date.

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