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Man sentenced for making bomb threats against Newport News Courthouses

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Posted at 3:55 PM, Jun 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-11 15:55:40-04

Newport News, Va. – A 21-year-old man will spend the next 8 months behind bars for bomb threats officials say he made in against the Newport News Courthouses on Feb. 20th.

Officials say Devon Tyrell Slaughter was trying to delay his sentencing hearing on a malicious wounding conviction which was scheduled on the day of the bomb threat. Police were able to trace the phone call to a pay phone outside of a convenience store on Marshall Avenue.

Officials say Slaughter also made calls from a pre-paid cell phone.

Slaughter was arrested on March 5th. Today he pleaded guilty to the crime.

Slaughter was originally sentenced to 10 years for two counts of threats to bomb and all but 8 months of that time was suspended.

He will also have to pay restitution to the city crews that had to respond when the threats were made.

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