Lebanon teen to serve 30 months for making bombs

News-DemocratDecember 6, 2013 

A Lebanon teenager was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Friday for 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 in August to the federal charge of unlawfully possessing destructive devices.

At that time, Stanton admitted in court 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.

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