OKLAHOMA CITY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING THREAT TO COMMIT VIOLENCE IN WYOMING
GLENN ALLEN KIRKHAM, 34, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, pled guilty to making a threat to commit violence in Casper, Wyoming, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
On January 14, 2013, public officials in and around Casper, Wyoming, received numerous reports from various sources of a threatened attack in Casper using multiple types of weapons. The threat had been posted from Oklahoma City on 4chan.org, an internet-based bulletin board service. The posting was quickly distributed throughout the through social media and caused significant concern in the community. The threat came not long after Casper had experienced a homicide/suicide at a local college. As a result of the threat, officials immediately took precautions that included placing 40 schools on lockdown, notifying hospitals and nursing homes, and placing police officers at potential locations of an attack.
At the plea hearing today, Kirkham admitted that he made the threat. A sentencing hearing is set for June 19, 2013, where Kirkham faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, plus mandatory restitution for the cost of emergency responders.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Casper Police Department in Wyoming. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark A. Yancey and Scott E. Williams.
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