TULSA, Oklahoma — An Illinois man suspected in a plot to firebomb dozens of Oklahoma churches last fall with Molotov cocktails is unstable and has battled bouts of mental disorders and depression throughout most of his life, his aunt said this week.
Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 24, of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, is accused of planning to destroy 48 churches in northeastern Oklahoma and preparing to launch the attacks from a tiny motel he was holed up in near Interstate 44 in Miami, Oklahoma
"When we visited him (in jail) he was unable to finish his sentences," Weiler's aunt, Joanne Meyers, said sobbing.
A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday charges Weiler with one count of possessing an unregistered, destructive device, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He was arraigned Wednesday in a federal court in Tulsa and entered a not-guilty plea through his lawyer.
The attorney did not return phone messages Thursday and Friday seeking comment.
Relatives of Weiler say he has struggled with mental illness and may have stopped taking his medication before his arrest.
"We're very concerned if he realized what's happening to him," Meyers said Wednesday in a brief phone interview.
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- JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Aunt of Okla. church bomb plot suspect says he’s battled mental issues and needs medical help, dailyjournal.net
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