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Man pleads guilty to having Molotov cocktails at DCF office

FILE PHOTO. Molotov cocktails pictured were left over in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 as protests against the Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city grew. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
FILE PHOTO. Molotov cocktails pictured were left over in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 as protests against the Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city grew. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

OCALA, Fla. – A Florida man accused of trying to throw a Molotov cocktail at a child welfare office faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

Tommy Lee Holt, 26, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Ocala federal court to possession of an unregistered destructive device in the form of an incendiary bomb, according to court records.

According to the plea agreement, Holt manufactured eight incendiary bombs last November and brought them to the Marion County branch of the Florida Department of Children and Families. Witnesses said Holt lit the wick of one device but dropped it before throwing it at the building. A deputy who apprehended Holt said the man was holding a lighter and wreaked of gasoline.

DCF records showed Holt had 18 previous interactions with the agency. A criminal complaint said Holt has five minor children, all of whom have been placed in foster care by the agency.