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Man pleads guilty to bomb threats on LSU campus

A 43-year-old man from Baton Rouge, Louisiana is set to receive his prison sentence. He was accused of criminal charges that allege he communicated false information of a bomb on school property. According to authorities, the man called in a bomb threat that closed the main campus of Louisiana State University. That call came in on September 17 of last year and saw the campus closed for more than a dozen hours.

His charges typically carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Authorities noted this man had previous felony convictions: one in Louisiana and one in New Mexico. Because of this, the man was facing a maximum sentence of 40 years, but he received a plea deal that lowered his potential prison sentence from 40 to 28 years.

The defendant was actually charged by federal prosecutors for a false bomb threat; however, that charge was dropped because the state charges would actually carry a longer sentence.

Authorities believe that the defendant was behind the bomb threat because the 911 call that reported the explosive devices came from an individual who said they were involved in the planning. Police tracked this call to a deactivated cell phone that could only make emergency calls. This phone was found in the man's residence. According to reports, the defendant had been put on probation after being convicted for a previous crime in 2011 and was still on probation when this incident occurred.

The trial was scheduled to begin April 22 but will no longer be necessary because he pleaded guilty. He will be sentenced on June 28.

This defendant may be able to receive significantly less time in prison due to the plea bargain, which was only possible through the effective representation of his legal counsel. His attorney would have explained the defendant's options in this case and made sure his rights were protected.

Source: theadvocate.com, "LSU bomb suspect pleads guilty," Joe Gyan, Jr., April 16, 2013

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