An East Alton man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in federal prison for making bomb threats to the Alton Home Depot store.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Donald S. Boyce said Jeremy R. Colwell, 33, of the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue, was sentenced for three counts of conveying a false threat. The 15-month sentence will be followed by 3 years supervised release, and he was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.
Colwell sent messages Feb. 16, April 2 and April 4 directly to the Home Depot, as well as to either law enforcement agencies or a local news outlet, threatening the imminent detonation of a bomb. On each occasion, the Home Depot location was either evacuated or searched by law enforcement officials to ensure the public’s safety.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.