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Citrus County Man Sentenced To Three Years In Federal Prison For Making Threats To Use An Explosive Device

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Ocala, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges today sentenced David Wayne Willmott, Jr. (25, Inverness) to three years in federal prison for making threats to use an explosive device. He pleaded guilty on April 18, 2017. This federal sentence will be served consecutively to the six-year sentence imposed in 2016 by the State of Florida for two arsons and a hoax bomb threat in Hernando County.


According to court documents, on three separate dates (November 25, 2014, April 17, 2015, and April 23, 2015), Willmott sent e-mails containing bomb threats to various private and government facilities. The locations targeted in the e-mails included a nuclear power plant, an elementary school, a sheriff’s office, two courthouses, and two airports in central Florida. The investigation revealed that the threats had originated from specific computers at a public library in Citrus County, and that Willmott had been the person using the library computer at the time each of the threatening e-mails was sent.


This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.

Updated July 19, 2017