BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky — A man who had plotted to blow up the middle school where he had been brutally bullied growing up has pleaded guilty and now faces 20 years behind bars.
Federal prosecutors say 20-year-old Trey Alexander Gwathney-Law, of Franklin, Kentucky, admitted fashioning five Molotov cocktails back in 2015 that he intended to use to firebomb his local middle school.
Officials described one of the deadly devices as being similar in design to the type of improvised explosive devices seen in war zones like Iraq.
Authorities caught on to the plot after Gwathney-Law blabbed about his plans to a neighbor who called police.
“I know that he was being serious,” the neighbor, William Creek, told the Bowling Green Daily News following Gwathney-Law’s arrest. “He went not only as far as saying it but actually making the bombs”
Creek said Gwathney-Law had been severely bullied growing up and even passing the middle school triggered painful memories for hi,m
Prosecutors said as part of the plea deal, they had agreed to a sentence of 20 years followed by three years of supervised release.