Charles Gibson Bailey

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

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A West Yellowstone man pleaded not guilty to felony charges in federal court that accuse him of making or receiving a pipe bomb and illegally having guns.

Charles Gibson Bailey, 32, is charged with possession of a destructive device made in violation of the law and unlawful manufacturing of a destructive device. If convicted, both charges separately carry a maximum penalty of $10,000 and up to 10 years in prison.

Bailey also faces a charge of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum penalty of $250,000 and up to 10 years in prison.

Bailey appeared in federal court in Missoula Tuesday before Magistrate Jeremiah Lynch.

Bailey also faces a stalking charge for violating an ex-girlfriend’s temporary order of protection. That charge was filed in Gallatin County District Court last week. If convicted of that charge, he faces a maximum penalty of $10,000 and up to five years in prison.

Bailey is being held at the Missoula County jail. He was arrested in March and initially charged with possession of a firearm by a person who is subject to a court order that restrains such person from harassing, stalking or threatening a person.

The new charges were sealed, but a redacted indictment filed Friday said sometime in March Bailey either made or received a pipe bomb. The indictment also said that Bailey violated a previous court order that prohibited him from having guns.

Court documents said Bailey was prohibited from being within 300 feet of his ex-girlfriend after the woman alleged he was following her through town on multiple occasions and had guns.

Bailey is the suspect of other criminal mischief cases. In one incident in September he is accused of shooting the woman’s boyfriend’s car radiator while the car was parked outside her apartment, court documents said.

Shortly before getting an order of protection against Bailey, court documents said, the woman installed a camera at her apartment door because she was scared he would hurt her.

On March 25, court documents said, the woman reported a man, later identified as Bailey, came to her front door and sprayed acid into her doorknob and deadbolt. An officer found the liquid made the doorknob and deadbolt inoperable.

Court documents said officers later found Bailey had multiple guns inside his truck, including an AR-15 in the passenger seat and a revolver on the dashboard. He also had a scanner that could be used to monitor law enforcement.

During his booking, court documents said, Bailey noted he recently used acid without gloves, making his fingerprints hard to capture.

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