EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- An Air Force staffer stationed in Illinois admitted to keeping bombs in his off-base home.
Justin Vangilder had a change-of-plea hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. He pleaded guilty to three felony counts of possessing an unregistered destructive device.
Vangilder was arrested and charged last October while he was assigned to Scott Air Force Base.
An FBI agent’s affidavit included in the criminal complaint says Vangilder had three pipe bombs in his home off base. Documents say he’d told an informant he fantasized about killing child molesters and sought to “inflict as many casualties as possible.”
There’s no indication Vangilder targeted anyone on the base.