Anderson County Man Sentenced in Federal Court on Multiple Charges

An Anderson County man has been sentenced to 361 months in prison and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty last week in federal court to charges of using, attempting to use, and threatening to use weapons of mass destruction, possession and discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, and use of an explosive device during the commission of a felony. 

The U.S. Attorney General’s Office announced that 27 year old Wesley Dallas Ayers had previously admitted that he constructed and then placed three explosive devices in various parts of Anderson County between January 24th and February 24th of last year. One of the devices placed by Ayers detonated at the intersection of Travis and Martin Roads on January 30th of last year, injuring one person. Two others devices were intercepted by law enforcement authorities before they could detonate. Ayers also placed three hoax devices but those devices did not contain any blasting agents. 

The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with numerous other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.