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Illinois Teen Pleads Guilty To Having Explosives

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – A southwestern Illinois teen has pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing explosive devices in his home.

High School Student Charged After Bomb Making Materials Found

Thomas Lee Stanton, 18, was a student at O’Fallon Township High School when he was arrested in April.

Local, state and federal authorities searched his Lebanon home and found bomb-making equipment. Stanton admitted in court that he had “cricket” bombs made from carbon-dioxide cartridges, two Molotov cocktails and other explosive making materials, including fuses and explosive powder.

O’Fallon Township High School was put on lockdown after the search.

Stanton is to be sentenced Dec. 13. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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