GREENVILLE, SC (WCBD) – A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty to making bombs and placing them in locations around the upstate.
Federal prosecutors say Wesley Dallas Ayers, 27, hid bombs in items like a teddy bear and wicker basket in areas around Anderson County between January 24 and February 24.
One of the devices exploded on a man as he looked inside one of the baskets. Authorities were able to locate a second and third bomb before they blew up.
WSPA-TV reports Ayers also placed three hoax devices which resembled explosives but did not contain any blasting agent. Some of those devices included threatening messages.
According to court documents, one of the devices included typed pages saying the January 30th incident was only the start and that the community would continue to receive these gifts until the Islamic State flag would fly high.
Ayers was eventually arrested by local and federal agents following a month-long investigation.
On Monday, Ayers also pleaded guilty to possession and discharge of a firearm. He faces a mandatory sentence of at least 20 years in federal prison, up to life in prison, in addition to a fine of $250,000 and up to 3 years of court-ordered supervision.