EAST ST. LOUIS — An East Alton man was charged in federal court Tuesday for making fake bomb threats against the Home Depot in Alton.
Jeremy R. Colwell, 33, of the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue, was charged in federal district court on three counts of conveying a false threat, Acting U.S. Attorney James L. Porter said in a press release. Colwell faces a potential sentence of up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, not more than three years supervised release after his prison term and a mandatory special assessment of $100 per count.
Court proceedings revealed that on Feb. 16, April 2 and April 4, Colwell is alleged to have faxed messages to the Alton Police Department, local news outlets, Home Depot in Alton and the FBI. He threatened the detonation of a bomb at the store.
A complaint is a formal charge against a defendant that is comprised of the essential facts constituting the offense charged. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
This case is being investigated by the FBI and is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak for prosecution.
Colwell was charged by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office on April 15 with felony disorderly conduct. He was scheduled to appear Friday before Third Judicial Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli.
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