He built bombs, planted them at various locations, and set one of them off.
That is what led Wesley Dallas Ayers to federal court Monday, where he pleaded guilty to multiple charges related to the construction and use of “weapons of mass destruction,” the U.S. Attorney’s office reported.
The 27-year-old Anderson, South Carolina, resident confessed to building and placing “three explosive devices in various parts of Anderson County,” between Jan. 24 and Feb. 24, 2018, according to U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon.
One person was injured when a bomb planted by Ayers detonated at an intersection on Jan. 30, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Two other explosive devices placed near roads “were intercepted” by law enforcement officers.
Ayers also placed three fake bombs in the area during that time, some with messages threatening that more bombs, and more-powerful bombs “were to come,” Lydon’s office reported.
Ayers was arrested following a month-long investigation that included the FBI, ATF, and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office among other law enforcement agencies.
A search of his residence turned up a buried ottoman filled with explosive supplies, a photo of the White House on fire with a reference to jihad, clown and animal masks, and items with Arabic writing, according to foxcarolina.com. The TV station reported special agents learned that Ayers has a tattoo of a teddy bear with glowing red eyes, and one of the discovered pipe bombs was planted in a basket with a teddy bear that had “red, glowing eyes.”
Lydon’s office said Ayers pleaded guilty to “using, attempting to use, and threatening to use weapons of mass destruction; possession and discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime; and use of an explosive device during the commission of a felony.”
He could face maximum penalties of life in prison and a $250,000 fine, but will serve a mandatory sentence of at least 20 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney.
The media is not reporting full details as previously released:
In chilling testimony at Wesley Dallas Ayers‘ preliminary federal hearing in Greenville Thursday afternoon, an FBI agent described investigators finding multiple explosive and “hoax devices” in Anderson County, including some containing letters warning about jihad and pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.
Along with the basket was a drawing that depicted the White House with flames superimposed over it, Socha testified Thursday. Included were Arabic references to the “mother of Islam” and a drawing depicting Osama bin Laden in front of the White House, Socha said.
Other “hoax boxes” that didn’t contain live devices were discovered in early February, Socha said. One of the boxes included a three-page typed letter that said the incident with the wicker basket in January “was only the start” of what the community could expect, and that “gifts” would keep coming “until the Islamic State and flag are above all others,” Socha testified.
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