LAS VEGAS (AP) — A teen who was accused of stockpiling weapons, heading a militia group and talking about a mass casualty attack on the Las Vegas Strip has pleaded guilty to a federal bomb charge in an arrangement that his lawyer hoped could get him freed from jail for time already served.
Steven Matthew Fernandes, 19, entered his plea Monday in Las Vegas to possession of an unregistered firearm and admitted he possessed unregistered explosives, U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.
Fernandes could face 10 years in prison at sentencing Dec. 18, but defense attorney Crystal Eller said federal sentencing guidelines allow for a minimum 15-month sentence.
Eller said she’ll seek the minimum and credit for time Fernandes has served behind bars since his Sept. 13, 2012, arrest as he drove to work at a RadioShack with a loaded shotgun and ammunition in his car.
“There was no evidence he…
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