Woman with homemade pipe bombs and murder list pleads guilty to avoid jail time
What You Need To Know!
- Michelle Kolts, who was found with 24 homemade pipe bombs and a murder list in her Florida home, pleaded guilty to avoid jail time.
- Kolts was originally charged with 24 counts of making a destructive device with intent to harm.
- She will receive 24 months of community control followed by 15 years of probation, and her conviction will not appear on her criminal record if she stays crime-free and abides by the terms of her probation.
Michelle Kolts, a 27-year-old woman from Wimauma, Florida, was found with 24 homemade pipe bombs and a murder list in her parents’ home in 2019. Her parents alerted the police, who discovered the bombs and arrested Kolts at her workplace.
She later admitted to manufacturing the bombs during police questioning. FBI agent Christopher Franck interviewed her during a search of her parents’ home, and she reportedly told him that her intent was to harm other people, although she did not state a specific target or plan of attack.
Kolts initially claimed that two other men had helped her make the bombs, but investigators determined that this was a lie. Authorities also found supplies to manufacture new bombs, knives, guns, nunchucks, nails, pellets, screws, books about terrorist-made explosions, and a hit list in her possession.
A publisher had notified the police a year earlier about Kolts’ decision to order many terrorist and murderer’s manifests online, expressing concerns about her behavior. The sheriff noted that she seemed to be “a little bit on the autism spectrum.”
Kolts was infatuated with learning about the Columbine Shooting and the Oklahoma City Bombing tragedies. She eventually pleaded guilty in a Tampa court to reduce her charges, where she was initially charged with 24 counts of manufacturing, possessing, and discharging a destructive device.
After years of assessments and therapy for her mental health, she was declared ineligible to stand trial and was ultimately diagnosed with schizophrenia. She is now ordered to take a daily cocktail of medications and to continue her counseling sessions.
As part of her plea deal, Kolts will receive 24 months of community control followed by 15 years of probation. Her conviction will not appear on her criminal record if she stays crime-free and abides by the terms of her probation.
Her attorney, Barry Taracks, called it a significant victory for his client, saying, “She’s not going to suffer the stigma of a conviction on any of those counts as long as she stays crime-free and abides by the terms of her probation.”