EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal grand jury Wednesday, Oct. 22, indicted a Chicago man on four charges of bomb and violence threats directed toward Southern Illinois University in Carbondale students, faculty and staff.
In a press release Thursday, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Derrick Dawon Burns, 21, was indicted for a series of threats on Oct. 10, 2012; Oct. 15, 2012; Dec. 6, 2012; and Oct. 1, 2013. The four charges of willfully making a bomb threat each carry maximum penalties of 10 years in federal prison, three years supervised release, a $250,000 fine and a
$100 special assessment.
Culminating a two-year investigation, authorities arrested Burns in Chicago on Sept. 29. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in Benton ordered Burns held without bond pending his trial date to be set by the court in the near future.
The return of an indictment by the grand jury is the product of an investigation on the part of the SIUC Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistance was provided by the Carbondale Police Department, the Illinois Secretary of State Bomb Squad, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Constance and Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Coonan.