Courthouse bomb threat brings jail, probation term

Courthouse bomb threat brings jail, probation term

URBANA — A Champaign man who phoned authorities to say a bomb had been planted in the Champaign County Courthouse has been sentenced to two years of probation and 119 days in the county jail.

Timothy L. Burnett, 30, who listed an address in the 900 block of North Fourth Street, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Tom Difanis to disorderly conduct. He was given credit on his sentence for time already served in jail.

On Aug. 14, Burnett admitted, he phone METCAD to say there would be an explosion at the courthouse. The courthouse was not evacuated but the trained bomb-sniffing dog assigned to the courthouse checked out the potential threat and found nothing.

Another count of disorderly conduct, alleging Burnett called a second time that same day, was dismissed.

The charge to which he pleaded guilty is a Class 3 felony.

Court records show Burnett has several prior convictions for battery, burglary, criminal trespass, aggravated battery and violation of bail bond.

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