A metro-east teen could spend ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty 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 pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis Tuesday to unlawfully possessing destructive devices.
Local, state and federal authorities had searched his Lebanon, Illinois 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 high school had been put on lockdown during the search. Portions of the school were also searched.
Stanton faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he's sentenced on Dec. 13.
The F.B.I. has taken over the investigation after metro-east authorities allegedly found bomb-making materials at a rural O'Fallon home.
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department searched the home of an O'Fallon Township High School student using bomb sniffing dogs Wednesday afternoon. There's no word what led to the search at the home in the 900 block of Scott Troy Road.
O’Fallon Township High School was locked down for about an hour and a half while the school was searched. Police say the action was precautionary because there had been no threat against the school.
O'Fallon Police questioned a student who lives in the home where the bomb-making materials were allegedly found, along with several of his friends. The student who lives in the home was arrested. There's no word yet on charges.