Man Gets 16 Months for SIU Bomb Threat

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

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 8:57 AM CDT
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Man Gets 16 Months for SIU Bomb Threat

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A Chicago man has been ordered to spend a year and four months in federal prison for threatening to bomb Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus and kill 4,000 students and staff.

Twenty-three-year-old Maurice Wiggins was sentenced Monday in East St. Louis on a felony charge of making a bomb threat. He pleaded guilty in November.

Authorities contend Wiggins was upset about the break-up with his SIU-student girlfriend last August when he made the threat via 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.

Authorities say Wiggins also left a message with campus police, threatening to rape and kill 30 female students.

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