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20 Years for Bomb That Injured Attorney

ST. LOUIS (CN) - A man who planned a 2008 bombing in a Clayton, Mo. parking garage that injured an attorney was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison.

Milton Ohlsen III, 41, admitted he put a bomb in the garage on Oct. 15, 2008.

He hid the bomb in a gift basket and put it next to an Acura TL that belonged to John Gillis, a Clayton attorney, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The bomb exploded the next day when Gillis tried to move the basket away from his car, severely injuring him.

Gillis was not Ohlsen's intended victim. Ohlsen wanted to hurt his ex-wife's divorce attorney, Richard Eisen.

Gillis drove a similar car to Eisen, who was out of town at the time, and it was a case of mistaken identity, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Ohlsen pleaded guilty last September to one felony count each of transportation of explosive with intent to injure; malicious use of an explosive devise; being a felon in possession of an explosive; and possession of an unregistered destructive device.

Clayton, home to a branch of the St. Louis County Circuit Court, is 10 miles west of St. Louis.

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