Milton Ohlsen, III charged in Clayton garage bombing

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  • Clayton, Mo (KSDK/AP) - A St. Louis man was indicted Thursday in connection with the 2008 bombing of the Carondelet Plaza parking garage that injured an attorney.

    Read the Milton Ohlsen, III indictment

    The U.S. Attorney's Office said Milton Ohlsen, III, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on one felony count each of transportation of explosive with intent to injure; malicious use of an explosive devise; use of destructive device to commit a crime of violence, felon in possession of an explosive; and possession of an unregistered destructive device.

    The indictment was unsealed Thursday morning when Ohlsen briefly appeared in federal court to have his formal arraignment scheduled for Monday.

    The charges carry punishments up to life in prison.

    Attorney John Gillis suffered serious injuries but survived. Authorities do not believe Gillis was targeted.  They spent three years trying to prove that another attorney, Rick Eisen, was the intended target.  Eisen was his wife's divorce attorney.

    In a surveillance video from that date, authorities said the bomb was disguised as a gift with balloons.  It was left by Gillis' car by a man in a colorful poncho.  His face could not be seen.

    Ohlsen was a key figure in an election conspiracy case that
    resulted in a prison sentence for former Democratic state Sen. Jeff Smith in 2009.  Ohlsen was not charged in that case but served time in federal prison on gun possession and mortgage fraud convictions.  Upon his release in February, he was transferred to state prison for assault, theft and weapons convictions.

    Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.

    KSDK/Associated Press

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