BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago man faces up to 10 years in federal prison after admitting that he threatened to bomb Southern Illinois University’s flagship Carbondale campus and kill 4,000 students and staff.

Twenty-three-year-old Maurice Wiggins pleaded guilty Thursday in Benton to a felony charge of making a bomb threat.

Authorities allege Wiggins made the threat via the Internet on Aug. 29, sending a message from his cell phone to the 20,000-student university’s crime-watch website.

Wiggins allegedly said he planned to bomb three dormitories and a student center.

Wiggins also faces up to $250,000 in fines when sentenced Feb. 27 in East St. Louis.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)



Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Listen Live