Lawyer Admits Making Bomb Threats to Elementary Schools
Posted Sep 24, 2012 9:23 AM CST
By Molly McDonough
A lawyer in Maine has admitted phoning in two bomb threats to elementary schools earlier this year.
Ronald Hoffman, of Sumner, appeared in court Friday to plead no contest to two misdemeanor charges of terrorizing. As part of his plea deal, a 364-day sentence in the local jail will be suspended and he'll be placed on a one-year administrative release for each charge, the Franklin Sun Journal reports.
The paper explains that administrative release means that instead of probation authorities, Hoffman's release will be monitored by the county district attorney.
His release also requires him to have no contact with the elementary schools in question, make restitution, to continue counseling and take medications for a variety of ailments.
Hoffman apologized for his conduct and is quoted saying, "I'm not asking for forgiveness or for anyone to feel sorry for me."
The judge reportedly accepted the plea deal because Hoffman had no previous record, had sought help and had done free legal work for the courts.
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