Forest City teen accused of setting off bomb in high school parking lot pleads guilty, gets deferred judgment & probation

FOREST CITY — It’s a deferred judgment and probation for one of the two 18-year-olds accused of setting off a bomb in the Forest City High School parking lot back in September.

David Rick and Landon Gerdes were charged with possession of explosive materials or a destructive device with the intent to use, and reckless use of explosives or a destructive device. Forest City police say an officer heard a loud explosion near the high school at about 9:30 on the night of September 7th, with the officer seeing multiple cars driving out of the school parking lot.

The officer was able to talk to some of the kids leaving the area, and they said someone set off the bomb in the high school parking lot. The officer then went to the parking lot and talked to some people still hanging around, with one person showing a video of the explosion and stating that Rick and Gerdes set off the bomb.

Gerdes pleaded guilty to the one count of reckless use of explosives or a destructive device. District Judge Blake Norman on Tuesday issued a deferred judgment in the case, placed Gerdes on one year probation and issued a civil penalty of $430.

Rick previously had pleaded guilty to the same charge and was given a similar sentence.