Milton Woman Indicted for Bomb Threats
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA -- Eboni Parker, age 33, of Milton, was arrested and charged today with two counts of maliciously conveying false information of a bomb threat, announced United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh, Northern District of Florida.
A two count indictment issued on November 20, 2013, alleges that on January 30, 2013, and February 20, 2013, Parker made, aided, or abetted the making of false bomb threats through the use of a cellular telephone. On those dates, Gulf Power Company received telephonic bomb threats to their Milton office.
Parker appeared today for her initial appearance and arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Timothy at the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, Florida. Parker pleaded not guilty to the charges and her trial is scheduled for January 6, 2014, before Senior United States District Judge Lacey Collier.
The defendant is facing a maximum sentence of ten years and a $250,000 fine on each count.
U.S. Attorney Marsh praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, whose joint investigation led to the indictment in the case.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall J. Hensel.
An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial in a court of law.