LSU Bomb Threat Suspect Pleads Guilty, “We’re Glad That It’s Over With” Says District Attorney
As we are in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, a man who was accused of calling in a bomb threat to LSU on September 17 has pleaded guilty to a felony count of "communicating false information of a planned bombing on school property."
"We're glad that it's over with...obviously, the timing couldn't have been any better or worse I guess, given the massacre in Boston," says East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore. "It shows that these things really need to be treated harshly and swiftly."
43-year-old William Bouvay Jr. admitted to causing the chaos, which resulted in the campus being evacuated and traffic lockups all over Baton Rouge. Police say Bouvay was caught after the cell phone used to call in the bomb threat was traced to Bouvay. He was arrested just days after he made the call.
Police say Bouvay confessed to the crime after he was caught, so his guilty plea is not surprising. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore says the charge he pled guilty to carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. DA Moore says he could get double that, due to his prior criminal record. "Whatever sentence he receives, he has to do at least two-thirds of his sentence due to his being a two-time prior felon, one from out of state of a financial crime and one from Baton Rouge where he was convicted of a domestic violence charge," says Moore.
Bouvay's sentencing is scheduled for June 28.