A Grundy County man accused of illegally possessing explosive devices and handguns was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on November 13th. John Feeney, 30, of Minooka has been charged with one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of illegal possession of an explosive by a convicted felon, one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device, and one count of carrying explosives during the commission of a felony.
The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office told WCSJ that an officer, who was stationary, saw a vehicle driven by Feeney allegedly speeding at a high rate of speed in the area of Third Avenue and Mary Eddy Drive in Morris on July 25th of 2020.
Feeney allegedly failed to stop for the officer, then disobeyed the stop sign at the intersection of Cemetery Road and East Washington Street and eventually stopped near a storage facility in the 1,000 block of Cemetery Road. After getting out of the vehicle and allegedly failing to comply with the officer, Feeney was placed into the Grundy County Sheriff’s squad car.
During the stop, officers located a Glock 21, three pistol holders, a stolen black Berretta pistol, three 9 millimeter magazines and one Glock .45 magazine. Federal prosecutors say Feeney illegally possessed the two handguns and three explosives.
The explosives included a 4-inch diameter cardboard aerial shell containing perchlorate explosives and black powder; a 2-inch diameter cardboard aerial shell containing perchlorate explosives; and a 2-inch diameter cardboard aerial shell secured to a plastic cup and containing metal Phillips head bits, cut copper wire, and perchlorate explosives, the indictment states.
Feeney was previously convicted of a felony and was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm or explosive. Feeney is currently in law enforcement custody. The count of carrying explosives during the commission of a felony includes a mandatory ten-year prison sentence that must be served consecutively to any sentence imposed for the three other counts, each of which is punishable by up to ten years.
Meanwhile, five felony charges against Feeney in Grundy County were dismissed by the Grundy County State’s Attorney’s Office on November 19th.