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Federal case dismissed in LSU bomb threat

3 years ago November 14, 2012 Nov 14, 2012 Wednesday, November 14 2012 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 3:19:07 PM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Federal prosecutors announced today they dropped their indictment against the man accused of calling in a false bomb threat which led to the full evacuation of LSU's campus.

U. S. Attorney Donald Cazayoux's office said they dropped the case because the state's charges against William Bouvay Jr., 42, could lead to a longer jail sentence. They could still bring a federal case against Bouvay once the state's case has finished.

The East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office charged Bouvay as an habitual offender, citing his two previous felony convictions. If found guilty on that charge, Bouvay could face up to 40 years in prison.

"The United States is committed to ensuring the most effective and efficient use of our law enforcement and judicial resources," said U. S. Attorney Don Cazayoux in a press release. "This dismissal is a testament to our confidence in Hillar Moore and his office's ability to secure justice in this important case."

The Sept. 17 incident led to the first full-campus evacuation for a bomb threat in the school's history. It also came during a period when several bomb threats were called in to schools and universities across the U. S.

LSUPD said they tracked the threat to a deactivated cell phone, which they were able to trace through GPS back to Bouvay's residence. They said he confessed to calling in the threat during an interview, and was arrested.

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