Franklin man sentenced for making Molotov cocktails

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – A Franklin man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for making Molotov cocktails.

According to court documents, Trey Gwathney-Law, 20, admitted to making and possessing five illegal firearms (Molotov cocktails). All were made using glass bottles, four of the bottles contained a dark gas/oil mixture liquid with a cloth wick stuffed in the bottle opening. A fifth was made using a glass bottle and contained a dark gas/oil mixture liquid with a piece of green pyrotechnic fuse.

Gwathney-Law relayed to an acquaintance that he had made the devices in order to blow-up Franklin-Simpson County Middle School.

“In this case, a phone call to law enforcement, and quick response by the Franklin Police Department and the ATF, may have saved Simpson County from untold harm,” stated United States Attorney Russell Coleman. “A vigilant public, aggressive law enforcement, and a significant punishment – twenty years – is the right formula for protecting our communities.”

Gwathney-Law will not be eligible for parole.