Giants fan pleads guilty to bomb threats

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

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Lowell High School is considered an academically elite public school. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Students denounce ‘rampant, unchecked racism’ at Lowell after slurs flood anti-racism lesson

A lesson on anti-racism at Lowell High School on Wednesday was bombarded… Continue reading

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23), shown here against the San Antonio Spurs at Chase Center on January 20, was ejected from Thursday night’s game on a technical foul after he yelled at a teammate during a play. (Chris Victorio for the S.F. Examiner).
Warriors 119-101 loss to Knicks highlights Draymond Green’s value

Team struggles with fouls, lack of discipline in play

Scooter companies have expanded their distribution in neighborhoods such as the Richmond and Sunset districts. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA board signs off on changes to scooter permit program

Companies will gete longer permits, but higher stakes

A health care worker receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Go Nakamura/Getty Images/TNS)
City sets ambitious goal to vaccinate residents by June

Limited supply slows distribution of doses as health officials seek to expand access

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Jill Biden arrive at Biden's inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021, in Washington, DC.  (Win McNamee/Getty Images/TNS)
Joe Biden issues call for ‘unity’ amidst extreme partisan rancor

‘I will be a president for all Americans,’ he says in inauguration speech

Most Read