Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Haven Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Federal Prison for Phoning in Bomb Threats

David B, Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Travail McLean, 19, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for making false bomb threats over the telephone.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on nine separate dates between September 2010 and June 2011, McLean made a total of 15 false bomb threat telephone calls to the New Haven 911 call center. All of the threatened locations, which included a home for the elderly and a police station, were in densely populated areas in the vicinity of Whalley Avenue in New Haven. Every call stated either that there were one or more bombs at a particular location or that the location was going to be blown up.

Each time McLean made a false threat call, law enforcement emergency response teams promptly responded, cleared the area of people, and conducted a thorough search for bombs, explosives, and other dangerous materials.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force and the New Haven Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Henry K. Kopel.

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