Charges: Felon plotted bombings as diversion for bank robberies

SHELTON, Wash. -- A recently released felon hoped to kill as many people as possible in his plot to bomb Shelton businesses to distract police while he robbed nearby banks, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Larry Gillette, 53, was released from prison April 14 after serving time for identity theft. While in prison, he reportedly told multiple people about a plan to blow up businesses, including Walmart and Arco and Chevron gas stations, while he violently robbed three nearby banks.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, it was a plan he reiterated to an undercover officer working for the FBI upon his release. Gillette reportedly thought the undercover officer would be able to help him obtain weapons and explosives and was recorded saying he wanted a maximum loss of life at both the bombings and the bank robberies.

Gillette was arrested Monday while attempting to ignite an inoperable car bomb, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He has been charged with solicitation to commit a crime, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.