Charles Gibson Bailey

Charles Gibson Bailey pleaded guilty to possession of unregistered explosive devices in Missoula federal court. 

A West Yellowstone man admitted Wednesday to having “unregistered improvised bombs” after law enforcement found three small devices in his truck last year.

Charles Gibson Bailey, 33, pleaded guilty to possession of unregistered explosive devices, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release on Wednesday. He appeared in federal court in Missoula before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen DeSoto.

Sentencing is set for May 8 in front of Chief U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen.

Bailey was released after the hearing.

Bailey was initially charged in March 2019 with prohibited person in possession of a gun and ammunition, unlawful manufacturing of a destructive device and possession of a destructive device made unlawfully.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to drop two charges and continue with the charge for Bailey having an illegally made destruction device. Bailey faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release, according to the justice department news release.

In March 2019, law enforcement found three small “destructive devices” in Bailey’s truck, the justice department said. An expert with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found that the devices were weapons and identified them as improvised explosive devices.

Bailey also faces a felony stalking charge in Gallatin County District Court stemming from the same incident that brought the federal charges. He is accused of violating a temporary order of protection by spraying acid onto the doorknob and dead bolt of his ex-girlfriend’s West Yellowstone apartment, according to charging documents.

Bailey pleaded not guilty to the stalking charge in June 2019. If convicted of the stalking charge, Bailey could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Freddy Monares can be reached at or at 406-582-2630.

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