Clay County men sentenced for possessing “destructive device”

BENTON — Two Clay County men were recently sentenced to federal prison on destructive device charges, James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

On June 15, 2016, 37-year-old Aaron B. Flota, of Flora, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison and two years’ supervised release following his imprisonment.

On June 14, 2016, 37-year-old Kevin E. Caldwell, of Edgewood, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison and two years’ supervised release following his imprisonment.

Both men had previously pleaded guilty to one count in a federal indictment which charged that on August 10, 2015, in Clay County, Flota and Caldwell knowingly possessed a destructive device, as defined by federal law, which had not been registered to either of them in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Flota was initially hospitalized due to injuries he suffered in the August 2015 explosion of the device in Clay County.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. The Clay County State’s Attorney also assisted with the investigation.