O’FALLON, Ill. (KMOX) – Federal charges have been filed against an 18 year old O’Fallon, Illinois High School student after police found bomb making materials in his Lebanon, Illinois home Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney Steven Wigginton’s office says Thomas Lee Stanton was indicted by a federal grand jury for unlawfully possessing destructive devices.
According to the indictment, police went to Stanton’s home and found one or more explosives devices including a “cricket” bomb which is made up of carbon dioxide cartridges, fuses and explosive powder. O’Fallon police were then sent to the high school to arrest Stanton.
The school was placed on lockdown and searched with bomb sniffing dogs from Scott Air Force Base and the Ill. Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad. KMOX News has learned that over a dozen people were questioned as part of the investigation.If convicted, Stanton faces ten years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.
Wiggington says, “In the wake of other events around the country, I am pleased and gratified by the selfless and intense investigation that resulted in this indictment.”
No word on how Stanton came to the attention of authorities or what the bombs were intended for.
The felony count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.