A Lombard man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday after police caught him headed toward the village’s municipal campus with a Molotov cocktail and a lighter.
Christian Frazee, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit terrorism, according to a statement from the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.
Frazee and was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Judge Michael Reidy, the statement said.
Frazee also pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography. He was sentenced to three years for that charge, which will be served concurrently with the 10-year sentence.
About 12:30 a.m. on June 1, 2020, a Lombard police officer saw Frazee dressed in all black wearing a hood, face covering and latex gloves walking near Village Hall and toward the of Lombard municipal campus, according to the statement.
He had a bat hanging from his bag and was holding a lighter in his left hand and a Motolov cocktail in his right hand as he walked toward police and city employee cars, the statement said.
Frazee also had a butane torch lighter and seven more lighters, according to the statement, which said police had extra patrol that weekend because protests and unrest in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
Frazee was charged with possession of an incendiary device and attempted terrorism at the time.
While investigating these charges, police found hundreds of photos and videos of child pornography on Frazee’s phone, according to the statement. Frazee will be required to register as a sex offender for life.
“In June 2020, amid legitimate protests, Mr. Frazee armed himself with a Molotov cocktail, headed toward the Lombard Hall and municipal campus intent on terrorizing the community through violence,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the statement.
“If not for the vigilance and quick actions of the Lombard Police Department, the situation may have escalated resulting in the loss of property and perhaps the loss of human life.”
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