A San Jose man who reportedly was upset that the San Francisco Giants were losing a baseball game in Atlanta two years ago has pleaded guilty to five counts of making false bomb threats over the telephone.
Dante Suguitan entered his guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in Atlanta on Oct. 18, U.S. Attorney's office spokesman Patrick Crosby said today.
U.S. Attorney David Nahmias in Atlanta said on Aug. 10, 2005, and Aug. 11, 2005, employees at Turner Field in Atlanta received a series of phone threats while the Braves were playing the Giants.
Authorities said the threat claimed the bombs were placed inside the stadium and were set to explode at different times during the games.
he threats were addressed by Turner Field Security, the Atlanta Police Department and the FBI and heightened security measures were taken throughout the rest of the series between the Braves and the Giants.
A subsequent investigation traced the phone calls to Suguitan and he was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 26, 2005, prosecutors said.
When he entered his guilty pleas, Suguitan reportedly told U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Shoob he made the phone threats because he was upset that the Braves were beating the Giants.
Nahmias said in a statement, “We have zero tolerance for false threats to bomb facilities and harm innocent people. False threats divert investigative and other resources from the very real terrorist threats that exist and individuals who make false threats will facefederal prosecution and prison time.
Suguitan faces upto 50 years in federal prison time when Shoob sentences him on Jan. 11 but he also could be placed on probation.
— Bay City News