DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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LAMAR STUDENT SENTENCED FOR THREATENING_GRADUATION CEREMONIES

 

            BEAUMONT, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 34-year-old Lamar University graduate student has been sentenced to federal prison for sending threatening communications in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            DANIEL OGWOKA SIRINGI, of Beaumont, pleaded guilty on Mar. 6, 2009, to transmitting threatening communications and was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by three years supervised release.  U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone ordered that during Siringi's period of supervised release, he is prohibited from being on the grounds of Lamar University property and he may not contact any official of Lamar University or any Texas State University System school.

            According to information presented in court, on Dec. 11, 2008, Siringi sent a threatening email to the President of Lamar University threatening to harm and injure individuals of Lamar University by means of a "Virginia case" type of assault if Lamar University did not allow students to graduate who had already received notice they would not graduate.  Siringi was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 8, 2009.

            This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lamar University Police Department, the Beaumont Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Crime Lab, the Port Arthur Police Department, the City of Orange Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randy L. Fluke, Robert L. Rawls and Brit Featherston. 

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