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St. Charles Man Accused of Stopping Train in Nebraska Pleads Guilty

Asked by a judge Thursday why he stopped the train, Wilson said: "I was high.''

July 12, 2018 - 6:05 pm
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Missouri man who pulled an emergency break and prompted panic aboard an Amtrak train in southern Nebraska has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 26-year-old Taylor Wilson, of St. Charles, also pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing an unregistered rifle. Prosecutors have agreed to drop other charges.

Investigators say Wilson pulled the break in a secure area of a locomotive on a Chicago-bound train in October. Prosecutors say he was armed with a handgun, ammunition, hammer and knife, and caused panic among the 175 people on board. No one was injured.

Asked by a judge Thursday why he stopped the train, Wilson said: "I was high.''

Federal prosecutors charged Wilson after learning about his involvement with a white supremacist group. He'll be sentenced Oct. 5.