Former Town and Country Resident Pleads Guilty to Clayton Garage Bombing
Milton "Skip" Ohlsen, III, entered a guilty plea in connection to the bombing in a Clayton garage that injured an attorney. His plea agreement includes receiving a reduced sentence.
Milton "Skip" Ohlsen, III, pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts involving the 2008 bombing in the Carondelet Plaza parking garage that injured a Clayton attorney, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office. With his plea, he will likely receive a reduced sentence.
As previously reported by Patch, the former Town and Country resident was indicted in July, 2011 for the 2008 bombing in the Clayton garage that injured John L. Gillis. Ohlsen was already serving prison time for crimes committed in Town and Country when he was originally charged with five counts in connection to the bombing.
Prosecutors released the following details about Tuesday's plea in a news release.
With his plea, Ohlsen admitted that on October 15, 2008, he transported a bomb to the parking garage at 190 Carondelet with the intent that the bomb would cause death or serious bodily injury to the intended victim.
He concealed the explosive device in a gift basket and placed the basket next to an Acura TL that he incorrectly believed belonged to the intended victim.
On October 16, 2008, the bomb exploded and caused permanent bodily injury to John Gillis, who had moved the basket because it was blocking access to the driver's door of his Acura TL.
Ohlsen, 41, pled guilty to one felony count each of transportation of explosive with intent to injure; malicious use of an explosive devise; being a previously convicted felon in possession of an explosive; and possession of an unregistered destructive device, before United States District Judge E. Richard Webber.
Sentencing has been set for December 13, 2012.
The original charges carried a penalty range of seven to 40 years in prison. However, as part of the plea agreement, the parties agreed to a sentence of 20 years imprisonment to be followed by up to 5 years of supervised release.
Although the agreement must be approved by Judge Weber at sentencing, Judge Weber informed the parties that he intended to follow the agreement.
Ohlsen is already serving time in the Missouri Department of Corrections prison system for being a felon in possession of firearms and mortgage fraud. According to prosecutors, Ohlsen reportedly submitted falsified documents in order to refinance his Town and Country home. According to online reports, Ohlsen also has a laundry list of questionable deals.
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