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Man Indicted On Transmitting Threats In Interstate Commerce

September 17, 2013

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that Keith Bowers, age 59, of Jessieville, Arkansas, was arrested today by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Arkansas based on an indictment returned in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia on September 13, 2013, charging him with transmitting threats in interstate commerce.
The indictment alleges that Mr. Bowers made a threatening telephone call on August 16, 2012, from Texas to Carmike Cinemas’ headquarters in Columbus, Georgia.  The indictment further alleges that this communication contained a threat to detonate an explosive device during a movie at one of Carmike’s movie theaters.

If convicted, Mr. Bowers faces a maximum penalty of five (5) years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.00.

The indictment is only an allegation and the accused is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melvin E. Hyde, Jr.

Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Sue McKinney, Public Affairs Specialist, United States Attorney's Office at (478) 621-2602.

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