Accused Firebomber Ordered to Undergo Mental Tests
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois man accused of damaging a St. Louis federal building with a firebomb will have a court-ordered mental health evaluation. U.S. Magistrate Judge Frederick Buckles ordered the testing Friday for 33-year-old Jeremiah McGee of Fairview Heights.
McGree is charged with attempted destruction of U.S. property by fire or explosion.
Authorities allege he drove to the Robert Y. Young Federal Building in downtown St. Louis on Monday afternoon and retrieved something similar to a Molotov cocktail from his car
Investigators say a guard saw the man light the device and throw it at the building, causing a fireball that scorched the wall and sidewalk.
A message was left Thursday with McGee's public defender. The charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.