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Inmate pleads guilty in courthouse bomb threat, says he did it on a dare

Posted Aug 1, 2013 6:54 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A jail inmate pleaded guilty on Wednesday to threatening to bomb the federal courthouse in Spokane, Wash., explaining that he did it on a dare.

Scott Franklin, 42, was an inmate at the Spokane County Jail when he mailed the handwritten letter with his signature, the Spokesman-Review reports. “I am going to bomb your Courthouse so good that I hope I can kill you, Senior Justice and all the other Federal Judges that are their,” he wrote.

Franklin said another inmate dared him to do it, offering a bag of coffee as the payoff, the story says. Franklin said he never intended to carry out the threat. He has 16 prior felony convictions for burglary, theft and drug possession.

Franklin is expected to receive a sentence of about three years in prison, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney C. Andrew Colasurdo.

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