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Millsboro Man Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison for Possession of Molotov Cocktail

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that a Millsboro man was sentenced yesterday to 87 months in federal prison for possessing a destructive device known as a “Molotov Cocktail.” The Honorable Richard G. Andrews pronounced the sentence.

According to court documents, Job Gillette, 25, amassed seventeen Molotov Cocktails, additional raw materials, an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, ammunition, and a ballistic vest, which he was keeping in a shed outside the group home where he lived.  Gillette had taken measures to maximize the harmful impact of his weapons, including adding Styrofoam to his Molotov Cocktails in an effort to “help the burning liquid adhere to the target and create clouds of thick, choking smoke,” as well as adding screws and nails to increase their destructive impact.

Gillette had threatened to “blow up or burn down” the group home where he lived.  He also believed in the New World Order, a conspiratorial idea that powerful entities are manipulating governments to create a one-world totalitarian government.

U.S. Attorney Weiss stated, “Had Mr. Gillette been able to follow through with his plot, the impact could have been devastating for the group home and its residents. I wish to commend federal, state and local law enforcement for working together to thwart Mr. Gillette’s criminal plans. This sentence should serve as a deterrent for anyone considering this similar violent conduct.”

“The FBI works tirelessly every day to protect the American people and remains vigilant in our efforts to detect and assess threats of violence,” said Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office. “We will continue to partner with our local and state law enforcement to be ready to respond to any threats that arise and keep our communities safe.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carly A. Hudson and former District of Delaware Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Mandelbaum prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI Wilmington Resident Agency, with substantial assistance from HSI Wilmington and the Delaware State Police and Delaware State Fire Marshals. 

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the District of Delaware or on PACER.

Updated August 16, 2023

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