O'Fallon, Ill. teen pleads guilty to having explosives

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 8:06 AM

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

Thomas Lee Stanton is 18-years-old. He was a student at O’Fallon Township High School when he was arrested in April. Prosecutors say Stanton entered the guilty plea in East St. Louis federal court on Tuesday to unlawfully possessing destructive devices.

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.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the 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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