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Local Man Charged with Conveying Hoax Bomb Threats

October 25, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal bomb threat hoax laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The six-count indictment, returned on Oct. 23, 2012, named Termaine Washington, 22, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on Sept. 15, 2012 through Sept. 19, 2012, Washington conveyed several false bomb threats by telephone to the Allegheny County 911 Center, saying that a bomb would go off at Allegheny County Jail, PNC Park, and the T-station.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 60 years in prison and a fine of $1.5 million. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Shardul S. Desai is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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