UPDATE: 10/3/12, 2:00 p.m., EDT. Aaron Reid, a former associate of Skip Ohlsen, has been sentenced to probation for lying about the parking garage bombing in Clayton, according to the St. Louis Business Journal .
 
Milton “Skip” Ohlsen III, a former mixed martial arts promoter turned political operative, has pleaded guilty to four felony charges related to a 2008 bombing that he hoped would kill his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer, former Husch Blackwell partner Richard Eisen.
 
Instead, the explosive, which Ohlsen initially denied planting in a suburban St. Louis parking garage, detonated and injured former Armstrong Teasdale partner John Gillis Jr., who happened to drive the same Acura TL car model as Eisen.
 
Gillis, then 69, was nearly killed and suffered severe burns when he picked up a package placed near his car just before the blast occurred around 11:15 a.m. on October 16, 2008. The explosion resulted in the evacuation of the Carondelet Plaza office and condominium complex in Clayton, Missouri, which includes The Ritz-Carlton hotel and the offices of several law firms, including Husch Blackwell. 
 
Local police, the FBI, and other law enforcement officials launched a massive manhunt to track down those responsible for the bombing. Attention quickly turned to Ohlsen, who had also been embroiled in a local political scandal involving two Missouri Democratic legislators, according to previous reports by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and who had sparred with Eisen in his divorce case and over a restraining order on behalf of another client. In July 2011, federal prosecutors charged Ohlsen with making a bomb out of Goex brand black gunpowder.
 
On Tuesday, Ohlsen finally admitted in federal court in St. Louis that he had planted the device in the Clayton parking garage, according to the Post-Dispatch, which notes the defendant’s criminal trial was scheduled to begin Monday. The newspaper reports that Gillis and Eisen were both in the courtroom, with Gillis showing reporters skin grafts he needed on his forehead and right hand as a result of the attack.
 
Eisen, a former president of the St. Louis County Bar Association who is now a name partner at local firm Growe Eisen Karlen, was busy with a client Wednesday and unavailable for comment.
 
Gillis, whose Missouri Bar status is now listed as inactive, retired from Armstrong Teasdale in 2009. He joined the firm in 1968, and was a corporate partner from 1975 to 2006, before sliding into a senior counsel role from 2007 to 2009, during which time he was recuperating from his injuries suffered in the bombing.
 
Gillis, who now serves on the board of directors for suburban St. Louis–based payment processor Cass Information Systems, was not immediately available for comment. A spokeswoman for Armstrong Teasdale declined to comment on Ohlsen’s guilty plea.
 
Adam Fein, Marc Johnson, and Gilbert Sison of Clayton-based Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers & Glass are representing Ohlsen in his criminal case, which is being prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Carrie Costantin. Ohlsen faces 20 years in prison if a federal judge approves his plea deal at a sentencing hearing in December.