A Lebanon teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing a destructive device.
Thomas Lee Stanton, 18, was an O'Fallon Township High School student at the time he was arrested in April after local, state, and federal authorities searched his home on Troy-Scott Road north of O'Fallon. The search yielded bomb-making equipment. Stanton was arrested at the school and the high school was placed on lockdown after investigators found the explosives at Stanton's home.
Stanton pleaded guilty Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to the federal charge of unlawfully possessing destructive devices, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton.
Stanton is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 13. He faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release following his imprisonment.
Stanton admitted in court that he had in his possession destructive devices including four "cricket" bombs made from carbon-dioxide cartridges, two Molotov cocktails and other explosive making materials, including fuses and explosive powder.
The case was investigated by: the FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Illinois State Police; St. Clair County Sheriff's Department; O'Fallon Police Department; Lebanon Police Department; Illinois Secretary of State Police Bomb Squad; Scott Air Force Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal K-9 Unit; O'Fallon Township High School Security officers; and the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Liam Coonan and Ranley R. Killian.