Easthampton man facing explosions-related charges asks for new attorney


Bryan O. Desmarais, 42, of Easthampton, who was expected to change his plea in Hampshire Superior Court, today,  in connection with multiple explosions detonated in early February 2017, instead requested a new defense attorney.

Judge Mary-Lou Rup declined the request and set a new date, March 29, at 10 a.m. in Hampshire Superior Court, to review the status of the case.

Desmarais was arraigned in February 2017 on numerous charges after investigators, executing a search warrant at his residence in Easthampton, discovered a large quantity of material used for the manufacturing of explosives, as well as manufactured explosives, ammunition, and other contraband. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, Crime Scene Unit and Fire Marshalls Office, FBI and ATF Special Agent Bomb Technicians, the District 4 Hazmat Team, and the Easthampton Fire Department responded to the scene.   The multi-agency investigation began on the evening of February 5, 2017, when several explosions were reported in the vicinity of Lower Mill Pond behind the Eastworks Building on Pleasant Street.

The case has been investigated by Easthampton Police Detective Bureau, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), The FBI Springfield field office Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office in Springfield.

Desmarais is  being held  at the Franklin County Jail & House of Corrections.