Man pleads guilty to threatening to blow up local school

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — A Georgia man pleaded guilty to threatening to attack multiple school systems with firearms and explosions back on Nov. 7, 2018.

Levi Calhoun III, 28, of Georgetown was arrested shortly after making these threats under a fake Facebook account named Tim Peterson. As a result, Eufaula City Schools and Wallace Community College’s Sparks Campus had to close out of fear of a potential attack.

“When creating the fake social media account, Calhoun utilized images from another Facebook user causing him a great deal of distress when law enforcement contacted him to verify he was not actually making the threats,” a Department of Justice release states. “Fortunately, agents quickly traced the fake account back to Calhoun.”

A federal grand jury indicted Calhoun on March 12, 2019, on one count of making threats by mail or telephone and one count of conveying false information.

Since he pleaded guilty to both counts, Calhoun could get up to 10 years.

“We will not tolerate domestic terrorism in any form, but especially when it is directed against our children,” stated U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr. “Students should be able to get an education without fear or the threat of violence. Mr. Calhoun’s actions were unacceptable, and I hope this prosecution sends the message that we will not abide (by) any threats of violence against a school.”

His sentencing will be scheduled in the next few months.

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