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East Alton man gets prison for Home Depot bomb threats


EAST ST. LOUIS – An East Alton man was sentenced to prison this week for threats he made to detonate a bomb at an Alton Home Depot store.

Jeremy R. Colwell, 33, was sentenced Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for three counts of conveying a false threat, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced.

Colwell was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

On Feb. 16, 2016, April 2, 2016, and April 4, 2016, Colwell sent messages directly to the Home Depot in Alton, as well as to either law enforcement agencies or a local news outlet threatening the imminent detonation of a bomb at Home Depot. On each occasion, the Home Depot location was either evacuated or searched by law enforcement officials to ensure the safety of the public.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.

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