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April 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Shelton man accused of bomb plot in robbery scheme

The Associated Press

SEATTLE — Federal authorities say a Shelton man plotted to blow up a Wal-Mart and two gas stations with “maximum loss of life” so he could rob three banks while emergency responders were diverted.

FBI agents arrested 53-year-old Larry Gillette on Monday as he met with an undercover agent and attempted to ignite a car bomb. The bomb was inoperable.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Gillette was scheduled to appear in federal court in Tacoma Tuesday afternoon on charges of solicitation to commit a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The Olympian reports the FBI learned about the plot while Gillette was serving a prison sentence for identity theft and an undercover agent befriended him after his April 14 release.

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