Metro-East man indicted in bogus-bomb case -

Metro-East man indicted in bogus-bomb case

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Roman Conaway By Afton Spriggs Roman Conaway By Afton Spriggs




BENTON, Ill. (AP) -- The U.S. government is no longer accusing an Army veteran of threatening President Barack Obama. An indictment now charges the Illinois man with two felonies linked to a bogus bomb he wore during a lengthy standoff.

A federal grand jury in Benton indicted 51-year-old Roman Conaway on Tuesday of making a false threat to detonate an explosive device and of influencing a federal agent by threat.

The Fairview Heights man was arrested Sept. 22 after a seven-hour standoff in which he said explosives were packed in his belt and in three containers on his property. All the items turned out to be harmless.

Federal prosecutors initially charged Conaway with threatening Obama before the standoff. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office declined to discuss why prosecutors were no longer pursuing that charge.

Conaway's federal public defender hasn't returned a call seeking comment.

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