In an exclusive jailhouse interview with 10News, Larry Hoagland said that he has "extreme remorse and extreme guilt for destroying my family" but insists he is innocent of attempted murder.
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The East County photographer was convicted last week of trying to kill his now ex-wife, Connie, by planting a pipe bomb in her Ford F-150 truck in September 2010.
Connie Hoagland survived the explosion, but nearly lost her leg while spending more than a month in the hospital.
During the trial, Larry Hoagland took the witness stand in his own defense, and in an interview with 10News reporter Steve Fiorina he renewed his claim of innocence.
Hoagland, who is in custody at the George Bailey Detention Center, told Fiorina, "You need to know and the public needs to know an injustice has been done. I did not try to kill my wife and there is someone out there who did."
Hoagland added, "By the time I told the truth, I believe the jury already made up their mind; that I'm a lying, cheating, awful husband; which they confirmed that I was."
Hoagland admitted to having renewed a romantic relationship with his high school sweetheart and making plans to move to Pennsylvania to be with her.
Hoagland said a transient he knew as "Jerry" gave him incriminating cellphone numbers that were found in his wallet. The numbers were traced to one cellphone attached to an earlier pipe bomb found in the street near their home that didn't explode and another phone that had called the other's number several times one night.
Hoagland told Fiorina that no one could have wanted to hurt Connie, but perhaps someone might have been after him.
Hoagland suggested it would have to be someone with a "military background. This kind of thing only happens in Afghanistan and Iraq."
Hoagland also voiced a renewed belief in God and his "ache" for his family.
"God's still in the miracle business. He is. And I pray that my children will forgive me," said Hoagland, who has no contact with his children.
"You flatly deny any involvement?" asked Fiorina.
"Absolutely; I did not try to kill my wife. I had nothing to do with anything that happened," said Hoagland.
Hoagland faces life in prison when he is scheduled to be sentenced early next month.
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