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An Oglesby man who allegedly threatened to bomb Con-Way Freight has an Aug. 1 trial date in Detroit, but also has a plea hearing set for July 2.
Rodney J. Termini, 47, of 444 W. First St. recently was indicted on a charge of transmitting a threat in interstate communications for allegedly threatening to bomb as many as 13 Con-Way Freight facilities, 12 in Michigan and one in La Salle.
The charge carries a federal prison sentence of up to 5 years and/or fine of $250,000; but his lawyer indicated in court records a prison term would be unlikely to exceed 24 months. At a Monday court appearance in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Termini’s judge set trial dates but also set a specific date for Termini to plead guilty if he so chooses.
Termini was charged following an investigation into a pair of April 15 Facebook postings in which the writer allegedly claimed responsibility for the Boston Marathon bombings and then indicated a bomb had been planted at a Con-Way facilities in Michigan and/or La Salle. “HEHEHEHEHEHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!! I TOOK CARE OF THE BOSTON MARATHON AND NOW I TAKE CARE OF CONWAY IN MICHIGAN AND LA SALLE,” the notices stated. “(There is) a bomb at one of your facilities, have fun finding it.”
The threats prompted local authorities to conduct a search of the La Salle facility, located on U.S. 6. No explosive devices were found.
The FBI obtained online registry information and were led to Termini, a former contract worker for Con-Way who previously was convicted of mailing threatening communications in 1996. Termini provided a voluntary statement in which he admitted creating the Facebook account and then posting the threatening statements against Con-Way, the FBI said. Termini was picked up April 23 on a federal warrant and later transferred from Chicago to Detroit.
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