Published January 13, 2015
A man accused of stockpiling weapons and talking about a mass casualty attack in Las Vegas has pleaded guilty to a federal bomb charge in a plea deal that his lawyer hopes could get him freed from jail for time already served.
U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said 19-year-old Steven Matthew Fernandes pleaded guilty Monday to possession of an unregistered firearm and admitted possessing unregistered explosive parts and devices.
Fernandes could face 10 years in prison at sentencing Dec. 18.
But defense attorney Crystal Eller says she'll seek a 15-month sentence and credit for the time Fernandes has served since his arrest a year ago.
Prosecutors say Fernandes bragged that he could attack the Las Vegas Strip and outdo the carnage of a July 2012 Colorado theater shooting.