Man charged in plot to bomb churches in northeastern Oklahoma to be tried in federal court

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An Illinois man charged with plotting to firebomb dozens of churches in northeastern Oklahoma with Molotov cocktails will be tried in federal — not state — court.

Ottawa County District Attorney Eddie Wyant says state charges against 24-year-old Gregory Arthur Weiler II of Elk Grove Village, Ill., were dropped Wednesday.

Weiller is now charged in federal court with one count of possessing an unregistered, destructive device.

Prosecutors say Weiler planned to bomb churches in Oklahoma and that investigators found instructions for making Molotov cocktails, a list of 48 churches and a written outline of his plan.

A message left with the federal public defender who is believed to be representing Weiler was not returned late Wednesday.