• SAFB airman pleads guilty in pipe bomb plot

    by  • April 23, 2014 • Breaking News, News

    A 21-year-old who was a senior airman at Scott Air Force Base pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing pipe bombs in a justice-law-600 304brief case, shotgun shells, and a bag full of razors, screws, shrapnel and propane cylinders.

    In October, a witness told authorities that Justin Vangilder had several pipe bombs in his Shiloh home. Vangilder admitted to police that he had the bombs, and knew it was illegal, according to a news release from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

    According to a criminal complaint filed by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Vangilder was suicidal and delusional and wanted to kill as many child molesters as he could.

    The maximum penalties Vangilder could face for each count are 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

    His sentencing is set for Aug. 1 in federal district court in East St. Louis.