Church Bomb Suspect's Family Says He's Mentally Ill

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The family of the man accused of plotting to bomb 52 Oklahoma churches says he struggles with mental illness.

Police arrested Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, at a hotel Thursday in the small town of Miami, Okla.

Weiler's family members were relieved he was caught before anyone was hurt. They now hope he can get the psychological help he needs. The Associated Press reported that Weiler's parents both committed suicide when he was young, and he also attempted to take his life in the eighth grade.
The suspect's recent arrest came after maintenance workers visited his room and found bomb-making materials.
Officers later discovered 52 firebombs and an entry in his journal detailing a plan to bomb 48 churches in Miami and four more in Ottawa County.

The suspect has been charged under an Oklahoma anti-terrorism law enacted after the bombing of the federal building in 1995.

Weiler, who is being held without bond, could soon face federal charges as well.

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