Man sentenced to prison for SIUC bomb threat

After threatening to bomb three SIUC dormitories August 29, a Chicago man has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Maurice Wiggins, 23, pled guilty to the felony charge of making a bomb threat and was sentenced Monday in East St. Louis, according to the Associated Press.

Wiggins was upset about a break-up with his girlfriend, who is an SIUC student. He texted the university’s crime-watch website, threatening to kill 4,000 students by bombing three dormitories and the Student Center between last September and November. He also called campus police five times and left a message saying he would rape and kill 30 female students. Wiggins threated to kill his ex-girlfriend as well.

On top of the 16-month prison term, Wiggins was ordered to three years supervised release and a $100 fine plus court costs.

Todd Sigler, director of the Department of Public Safety, said he was satisfied with the ruling because the incident concerned a lot of people. He said he’s also pleased with the efforts of the U.S. attorney’s office in the prosecution for taking it so seriously.

“We would just like to remind everybody of the importance of reporting all threats, regardless of what they feel are valid or serious,” Sigler said.

 

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