COLUMBIA -- A jury convicted an 18-year-old Fort Mill man this week for his role in a ploy to detonate two pipe bombs at a Charlotte school to divert police so he and his father could rob a credit union.
Steven Michael Eddington, formerly of 205 Cantrell Ave., Fort Mill, was found guilty late Thursday of conspiracy to rob a bank, possession of explosive devices in furtherance of the conspiracy, carrying explosive devices and failure to register explosive devices, said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald.
Eddington faces a minimum of 40 years in federal prison for the combined charges, McDonald said. U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowen is expected to hand down a sentence in about 90 days.
Eddington is the second person convicted in the plot. On Jan. 16, a jury convicted his father, Timothy Wayne Eddington, who was identified as the ringleader, McDonald said.
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Eddington's nephew, William Christopher Puckett, then 19, and Edgar Scott Williams IV, then 19, pleaded guilty last year for their roles, McDonald said.
On Aug. 23, authorities responded to 3175 U.S. 21 in Fort Mill, where they found Eddington, his son, Puckett and Williams sleeping on the floor of what was a vacant house. Authorities found two pipe bombs that were to be detonated at a Charlotte school so the group could rob the Founders Federal Credit Union on Commerce Boulevard.
In court, Timothy Eddington testified that he forced his son to participate, but Puckett and Williams said the younger Eddington participated "on his own free will," the release noted.
Eddington remained in federal custody Friday night, McDonald said.