Man gets 8 months for One Direction bomb threat

Man gets 8 months for One Direction bomb threat

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction attend the Brit Awards 2013 at the 02 Arena on February 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 8:35 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A New Jersey man will spend eight months in federal prison for calling in a phony bomb threat to a Pennsylvania arena before a concert last summer by boy band One Direction.

Federal prosecutors said 47-year-old William H. Klein was sentenced after pleading guilty Tuesday to a charge of interstate communication with threat to injure.

U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, which runs Hersheypark Stadium, received a call July 5 during which a male caller says, “If One Direction plays tomorrow, the stadium will blow up.”

Smith said the call was tracked to a pay phone at a 7-Eleven in Northfield, N.J., and Klein was identified from surveillance footage.

The stadium was placed on lockdown before the concert, followed by a bomb sweep and a check of concertgoers’ bags.

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