Ohlsen Indicted in 2008 Clayton Garage Bombing

Milton Ohlsen III faces five felony counts in connection with the incident at Carondelet Plaza garage.

A man faces five felony counts in connection with a 2008 bombing in the Carondelet Plaza parking garage that hurt Clayton attorney John Gillis. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri made the announcement Thursday in a news release.

The release states that Milton Ohlsen III, 39, faces one felony count each of:

  • transportation of an explosive with the intent to injure
  • malicious use of an explosive devise
  • use of a destructive device to commit a crime of violence
  • felon in possession of an explosive
  • possession of an unregistered destructive device

Gillis declined to comment on the indictment when reached by phone at his home Thursday afternoon.

A federal grand jury indicted Ohlsen last week, and the information was unsealed Thursday when he made an appearance in federal district court.

If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

The ; ; U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the FBI's Evidence Response Team investigated the case.

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan "declined to comment on what evidence finally enabled prosecutors to file the charges and why charges were filed in federal court rather than state court other than to say it was a joint decision made together with (St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney) Bob McCulloch," the release states.

Ohlsen is scheduled to be arraigned at 10 a.m. Monday in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Nanette Baker.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch provided extensive coverage of the Clayton garage bombing.

Chief Tom Byrne of the Clayton police could not immediately be reached for comment.

Theresa Saunders July 14, 2011 at 12:05 AM
As one who's crossed paths with Ohlsen, I feel fortunate it was only a yard sign prank. I was one of Mike Ocello's opponents in a Mehlville Sch. Dist. race, when I received a call from an unidentified person claiming to be a reporter. He was badgering and belligerent, saying my husband was guilty of stealing Ocello's yard sign. My husband was at the VFW Post at the time. I said I didn't know anything about it; I had the flu and had stayed in all day. I said my husband knew better than to do that. Anyway the 10:00 news started playing a film loop showing some guy treading up a very steep hill. My husband was 73 at the time. No way he did it, but the news stated I'd said he had. I just know my family was victimized by a Skip Ohlsen media feeding frenzy. I tried my best to correct the mistaken identification. I couldn't believe Ocello kept making such mean, threatening claims to prosecute me. We did decide to follow through and let it go through court. It took a year to get a copy of the film. The court prosecuting attorney was aggravated when she saw that my husband was not in the film and people had wasted her time and taxpayers' money, but we were happy to have his record cleared. Our misfortune with Ohlsen/Ocello (and his crazy tapes & videos) seems nothing compared to the horrific pain and suffering allegedly caused by Ohlsen problem's with revenge and mistaken identity. People will rest much easier with Ohlsen in prison.


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