Indiana man gets 3 years for bomb threat to avoid court

June 29, 2016

An Anderson man has been sentenced to three years in prison for phoning a bomb threat to the Madison County Clerk's office last month to avoid a court hearing.

Andrew E. Leonard pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced Tuesday. The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin reports Leonard apologized in court and said he "wasn't thinking right" when he made the call. His defense attorney said Leonard has mental health issues.

But Judge Angela Warner Sims said Leonard wasn't remorseful and didn't appreciate "the magnitude of the hard and fear" he caused. The Madison County Government Center in Anderson was evacuated after Leonard's May 2 call. A search found no bombs.

Leonard was quickly arrested after his phone number showed up on the caller ID in the clerk's office.


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