VICTORIA–A Southeast Texas man was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison earlier this week for calling in a bomb threat to a Coasal Bend courthouse to avoid attending a court hearing.
Aaron C. Robinson of Angelton,Texas plead guilty to a felony charge and was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison. He was ordered to pay more than $10,000 to Calhoun County for costs related to the bomb threat investigation.
Prosecutors said Robinson confessed he was suppose to appear in Port Lavaca at the Calhoun County Courthouse for a child support hearing. He never plan to intend, but called in two bomb threats to different county offices in Calhoun County, stating a bomb would go off between 10 am and 3 pm on June 30th, 2009.
After receiving the bomb threat, ATF and FBI agents responded to the courthouse to investigate. A bomb disposal unit and their K-9’s from U.S. Naval Station Corpus Christi went to the location and no bomb was found.
Federal authorities were able to find Robinson because he had used a Tracphone in the bomb threats. The phone was bought at a Wal Mart in Port Lavaca. Through an investigation, they identified he was the person in possession of the phone at the time of the bomb threat.
Robinson has been in federal custody without bond since his arrest and will remain in custody to serve his sentence. After he serves his sentence, he will serve a three-year supervised probation.
–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, firstname.lastname@example.org