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Southern District of Texas

Friday, March 28, 2014

Houston Man Convicted Of Hoax Bomb Threat

HOUSTON - Cody Matthew Tackett, 23, has entered a plea of guilty to a criminal information charging him with making a hoax bomb threat, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Tackett has admitted he willfully sent a false threatening communication through an instrument of interstate commerce to the University of St. Thomas - Houston, concerning an attempt to unlawfully damage real property by means of an explosive. Specifically, on November 20, 2013, he sent an email to school officials stating that there was a bomb on the campus. 

U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr., who accepted the plea, has permitted Tackett to remain on bond pending sentencing, scheduled for June 20, 2014. At that time, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.
FBI investigated the case which is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Craig Feazel.     

Updated April 30, 2015