plea of Guilty Entered For making a bomb threat to Colquitt County, Georgia School
Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced today that Xavier L. Sims, age 25, of Doerun, Georgia, pled guilty to charges of making a bomb threat in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e). In entering the plea before Senior United States District Judge Hugh Lawson, Sims admitted that on August 3, 2011, he called the Colquitt County, Georgia 911 Center and stated that he had placed a bomb in an unnamed Colquitt County school, thereby threatening to kill and injure students and employees of the Colquitt County School District and to unlawfully damage and destroy the unnamed school building using an explosive. Although it was eventually determined that Sims never actually placed a bomb in a school building, all Colquitt County schools were evacuated for the day for safety reasons as a result of the bomb threat call.
Sims now faces a potential maximum penalty of up to ten (10) years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is currently scheduled for July 16, 2012.
“When people threaten the safety of others – especially our children – we will work with our state and local partners to do all we can to hold them accountable,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.
The case was investigated by the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Moultrie Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. McCullers prosecuted the case for the government.