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.