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Vegas teen pleads guilty to making explosives

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A Las Vegas teen who was sitting on an arsenal at his home has taken a plea deal in the federal case against him.

Steven Fernandes, 19, pleaded guilty on Monday to unlawfully possessing and making explosives at his home, according to United States Attorney for the District of Nevada Daniel G. Bogden.

According to his plea agreement, Fernandes possessed explosive devices at his home, transported them to neighboring states on occasion and detonated those devices in the Arizona desert.

According to other court records, several people told the FBI Fernandes had bragged about being a sniper and commanding officer in a militia that was prepared to go to war with the United States government or an invading army.

Fernandes further bragged about his firearms collection and large amount of ammunition, telling witnesses that he could walk into a restaurant filled with people and kill as many as he wanted.

Witnesses testified Fernandes claimed he had been trained in the building of homemade explosives, including chlorine bombs, and had made numerous pipe bombs.

Federal agents arrested Fernandes on Sept. 12, 2012. The teen was observed driving away from his home with a shotgun in his vehicle.

Agents found a 12-gauge shotgun in Fernandes' car containing 10 rounds of ammunition. The car also yielded an additional 44 rounds of ammunition.

A search of Fernandes' home uncovered firearms, explosive devices and a number of substances and tools that could be used to make explosives and noxious gas releasing devices, including napalm, ammonium and sodium sulfate, sulfur and cannon fuses.

Federal authorities also located hand grenades, five rifles, four handguns, thousands of rounds of ammunition and instructive materials for making explosive devices.

Fernandes is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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