An Illinois man has been sentenced to federal prison and ordered to pay restitution in the to Con-way Freight after pleading guilty to sending threatening communications over the Internet.
Rodney Termini, 48, of Oglesby, Ill., was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, to 13 months in prison and must pay nearly $46,000 for the false alarm.
According to court records, on April 15, the day of the Boston Marathon bombing, Termini posted two threatening messages to the Facebook page of Con-way Freight.
Termini was a contract employee for Con-way Freight at its LaSalle, Ill., facility. Termini, using a Facebook identification in someone else’s name, wrote to Con-way, “there is a bomb at one of your facilities, have fun finding it,” according to the FBI.
In response to the threats, Con-way evacuated several of its facilities and suspended certain operations while law enforcement officers, assisted by bomb sniffing dogs, searched the facilities. At the time of Termini’s threats, law enforcement had not yet captured the two men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings.
United States Attorney McQuade, who prosecuted the case said, “Hoax threats are a serious crime. In addition to needlessly alarming the victims, threats divert law enforcement resources from other important assignments. We hope this prosecution will deter others from committing similar crimes.”