Mental evaluation ordered for Airman who wanted to blow up sex offenders

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SHILOH, IL (KTVI)– The Air Force enlisted man accused of having bombs and bomb making materials will be evaluated by a psychiatrist before his case goes forward.

Justin VanGilder was in federal court Monday afternoon, and his own lawyer asked for the evaluation.  The judge hearing the case declared that, “a good idea,” and the U.S. attorney had no objection.

A federal tipster led FBI agents to VanGilder’s home in Shiloh last week, where three pipe bombs, shotgun shells, razor blades and screws were found; all bomb making materials he allegedly told the tipster he would use to blow up registered sex offenders.

VanGilder asked for and received a court appointed lawyer Monday, declaring his salary as a Senior Airman in the U. S. Air Force isn’t enough to pay for his own lawyer.

VanGilder will remain behind bars for the time being.  The judge told all involved that a psychiatric evaluation usually takes about 45 days, but could take longer due to the government shutdown.

VanGilder did not offer a plea in the case.  It’s expected to go before the federal grand jury later this month.

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