State drops charges in plot to destroy 48 Oklahoma churches

Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 24, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., is accused of plotting to destroy 48 Ottawa County churches with Molotov cocktails. He was taken into federal custody Wednesday and now faces federal charges, District Attorney Eddie Wyant said.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: February 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm •  Published: February 6, 2013
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— State charges filed against an Illinois man accused of plotting to destroy 48 Ottawa County churches with Molotov cocktails were dismissed Wednesday after he was taken into federal custody, District Attorney Eddie Wyant said.

Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 24, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., was held in the Ottawa County jail on possession of an explosive or incendiary device and violation of the Oklahoma Anti-Terrorism Act.

Weiler is now facing federal charges, Wyant said.

Court records show Weiler was to appear in Ottawa County District Court on Thursday for his preliminary hearing.

Telephone calls to the U.S. Marshal Service and the federal prosecutor's office were not immediately returned.

Family members have said Weiler suffers from mental illness and both of his parents suffered from drug use and committed suicide, according to published reports. He was deemed competent to stand trial in January.

Weiler is accused of having handwritten notes in his motel room at the Miami Legacy Inn & Suite which listed 48 churches in Ottawa County and how to make Molotov cocktails, according to an arrest affidavit.

A motel maintenance man found a green military duffel bag containing 50 apparent Molotov cocktails and other explosive related material and items.


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