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Feds say Second Man Knew about Clayton Bombing

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A man described as an “associate” of Milton “Skip” Ohlsen enters a guilty plea in U-S. federal court to the charge of hiding information about the crime.

Aaron Reid, 26, has agreed to cooperate with authorities in their case against Ohlsen, who was charged earlier this summer in the October 2008 blast that injured a prominent attorney.

The U-S Attorney says Reid drove into Clayton with Ohlsen the day of the explosion, parting company “to perform personal errands.”   The feds don’t believe Red had foreknowledge of the bombing, but they say he concealed that he had been with Ohlsen and that Ohlsen was wearing a hoody and carrying a gift basket — after the parking garage video hit the news showing the suspected bomber in a hoody with a gift basket.

The plea agreement was ordered sealed by the judge.  The charge, one count of Misprision of a Felony, carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.   Reid could get a lighter sentence for cooperating in the case against Ohlsen.  Sentencing is set for October 26, 2011.

Ohlsen pleaded not guilty to the crime.   Investigators allege that Ohlsen was targeting his ex-wife’s divorce attorney, who parked his car in the garage where the blast occurred.   The explosion injured — accidentally the feds believe — attorney John Gillis, who parked a car similar to the intended victim one floor below.

Gillis suffered severe burns, but survived.

Ohlsen could get up to life in prison if convicted of the charges stemming from the bombing.   Ohlsen was earlier embroiled in a political scandal that led to the downfall of Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith.  

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