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May 28, 2015

Naperville Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Fire to Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora

CHICAGO—A Naperville man pled guilty today to federal charges he set fire to the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora on September 26, 2014, federal law enforcement officials announced today. Brian Howard, 37, of Naperville, was charged by information earlier this month with one count of willfully setting fire to, damaging, destroying or disabling an air navigation facility; and one count of using fire to commit a federal felony. Howard will be sentenced on September 11, 2015 by U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feinerman and remains in federal custody since his arrest in September 2014.

According to court documents, Howard was employed by an FAA contractor at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (the “Control Center”) in Aurora, Illinois. Howard worked on telecommunications matters at the Control Center and at other FAA facilities for approximately eight years.

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