Second Cache of Weapons Lead to More Charges Against Willmar Man 27 Feb 18

(West Central Tribune/Willmar, MN) Authorities have seized a second cache of explosive devices, machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and other weapons they allege belong to former businessman Chad Lee Monson, of Willmar.

The West Central Tribune reports the 47-year-old was handcuffed and shackled and wearing Kandiyohi County Jail clothing when he appeared Monday in Willmar before District Judge Stephanie Beckman to face 16 new charges, 15 of them felonies, for the arsenal authorities seized Feb. 21 from a large shed on property he used for his excavating business.

Monson faces two felony charges for explosive devices; 11 felony charges for machines guns and short-barreled shotguns; a felony charge for a firearm with an altered serial number; a felony charge for a suppressor or silencer; and a gross misdemeanor charge for fifth-degree drug possession.

These charges come on top of the felony charges for illegal firearms and suspected explosives discovered in a Jan. 30 search of his residential property.

The complaint alleges that prior to the searches of his property, Monson told an individual that he located the residence of a judge, a prosecutor, and another attorney and intended to use or “plant” explosives in or near those persons’ vehicles or homes.