MIT graduate sentenced to 10 years for terrorism after he planted Molotov cocktails in 8 Las Vegas homes

Nicolai Mork was convicted on charges related to terrorism and the preparation of weapons of mass destruction on Thursday in Las Vegas

Nicolai Mork was convicted on charges related to terrorism and the preparation of weapons of mass destruction on Thursday in Las Vegas

Nicolai Mork was convicted on charges related to terrorism and the preparation of weapons of mass destruction on Thursday in Las Vegas

A Las Vegas man was convicted of terrorism and preparing weapons of mass destruction after prosecutors found a cache of explosives at his home last year.

The police searched the home of Nicolai Mork in December 2016 after linking him with at least eight Molotov cocktails found near "seemingly random houses". in his neighborhood in the suburbs of Las Vegas, according to court records.

Within the 40-year-old house of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate, researchers found nearly 300 pounds of chemicals strong enough to cause substantial damage to Mork's residence and the houses that surround it & # 39; .

Mork pleaded guilty to weapons charges in June 2017 and on Thursday he was sentenced to four to 10 years in prison.

Authorities have said they will continue to check Mork's computer while his time is up.

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Police found nearly 300 pounds of chemicals used to create explosives at Mork's home in December 2016. The 40-year-old man appears in the photo with his defense attorney Nicholas Wooldridge in court on the day he was charged last April. .

Police found nearly 300 pounds of chemicals used to create explosives at Mork's home in December 2016. The 40-year-old man appears in the photo with his defense attorney Nicholas Wooldridge in court on the day he was charged last April. .

Police found nearly 300 pounds of chemicals used to create explosives at Mork's home in December 2016. The 40-year-old man appears in the photo with his defense attorney Nicholas Wooldridge in court on the day he was charged last April. .

Mork was charged with several serious allegations of terrorism after authorities found 264 pounds of a mixture of ammonium nitrate and aluminum dust, commonly known as Tannerite, inside his house.

His defense attorney argued that the materials were intended to be used to create targets for shooting practice.

It was also reported that police found 17 hard drives containing "violent child pornography" and images of Mork having sex with "seemingly unconscious women," along with a video of "violently hitting" a woman in an apartment.

He has not yet been charged in relation to any of the computer materials.

Mork had been paranoid because Scientologists followed him, his mother said

Mork had been paranoid because Scientologists followed him, his mother said

Mork had been paranoid because Scientologists followed him, his mother said

At the time of Mork's indictment, his defense attorney Nicholas Wooldridge called the case "a modern witch hunt" by local police and prosecutors.

"Mr. Mork is not a terrorist," Wooldridge said. "He has never had the belief that he wants to damage the state of Nevada or want to hurt the general public."

"Even if he did what they say he did, I do not think he will rise to the level of terrorism."

After Mork's arrest, his mother told the Review Journal that he had noticed that his son was becoming increasingly paranoid in recent years and that he was worried that Scientologists would follow him.

"He's not a man we recognize," Joan Mork said of his son last spring.

He also said that Mork had been taking medication for depression and anxiety.

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