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A suspect accused of setting off homemade bottle bombs at area movie theaters earlier this year has been formally indicted in Maryland.

Twenty-year-old Manuel Joyner-Bell faces six counts of second-degree assault, as well as possession of a destructive device, conspiracy to use a destructive device, and reckless endangerment charges.

Prince George's County state's attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced the indictment this afternoon, as well as identical charges being filed against an alleged co-conspirator, 23-year-old Michael Hollingsworth. Both men are being held without bond and also face charges in Virginia.

Joyner-Bell already faced a charge of detonation of a destructive device following an incident at the Magic Johnson Theater in Largo on May 24. There were no injuries after a soda bottle filled with two different kinds of acid and metal foil exploded during a screening of the latest X-Men movie. Similar incidents occurred in neighboring jurisdictions in both Maryland and Virginia.

When Joyner-Bell was first arrested last month, his attorney felt the initial charge was too severe for the crime that his client is alleged to have committed. If convicted of all the newest charges in Prince George's County, Joyner-Bell faces a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison. But it's also expected that he will face charges for some of the incidents in other areas.

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