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Shiloh Man Indicted For Possession Of Unregistered Destructive Devices

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

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Justin A. Vangilder, of Shiloh, Illinois, was indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing unregistered destructive devices.

The indictment alleges that on October 3, 2013, Vangilder possessed three unregistered explosive destructive devices more commonly known as “pipe bombs,” which comprised of plastic or metal pipes with end caps containing energetic material, smokeless powder, fuses and shrapnel. The charge carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the United States must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Illinois State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jungmin Lee.

Updated February 19, 2015