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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Two Clay County Men Sentenced On Destructive Device Charges

Two Clay County, Illinois men were recently sentenced to federal prison on destructive device charges, James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

On June 15, 2016, Aaron B. Flota, 37, of Flora, IL, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison and two years’ supervised release following his imprisonment. On June 14, 2016, Kevin E. Caldwell, 37, of Edgewood, IL, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison and two years’ supervised release following his imprisonment.

Both men had previously pleaded guilty to one count in a federal indictment which charged that on August 10, 2015, in Clay County, Illinois, Flota and Caldwell knowingly possessed a destructive device, as defined by federal law, which had not been registered to either of them in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. The Clay County State’s Attorney also assisted with the investigation.

Updated June 16, 2016