EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- An explosives-trained Army veteran accused of strapping a fake bomb to his body last September during a threat-filled day that ended with a seven-hour standoff has pleaded guilty to federal charges.
Roman Otto Conaway was charged with making a false threat to detonate an explosive device and a related count of influencing a federal agent by threat. He has been jailed without bond since his September arrest after the standoff at his home.
The 51-year-old Conway pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis.
Prosecutors alleged the standoff at Conaway's home followed his telephoned threats to a St. Louis-area mosque. He pledged to "start an apocalypse" and ignite a war between Christians and Muslims.
Conaway was initially charged with threatening President Obama, but the charge was dropped.
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