Metro-East man convicted for making terrorist threats - KMOV.com

Metro-East man convicted for making terrorist threats

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs

(KMOV.com) -- A Fairview Heights, Illinois man has been convicted after he made threats to kill the president and burn a Quran.

Roman Conaway, 51, was convicted of two-counts by a Federal Grand Jury after a seven hour standoff with federal authorities back in September, 2010.

Conaway was convicted of making a false threat to detonate an explosive device and influencing a federal officer by threat, according to attorney Stephen Wigginton.  The indictment alleged that on September 21, 2010, federal agents and members of the United States Secret Service went to Conaway's home to investigate allegations that he had threatened to kill the president and burn a Quran. 

The threats were made to an individual associated with a St. Louis area mosque.  According to agents, Conaway walked out of his home wearing what appeared to be an explosive device attached to his chest.  Count 1 of the indictment charged that, Conaway attached two bricks of an inert putty-like material designed and formed to replicate blocks of C-4 explosive to a belt that was wired to a homemade detonation device and that he falsely threatened to detonate that explosive device and kill an FBI Special Agent during the performance of his official duties.

Count 2 of the indictment charged that Conaway also threatened to detonate the purported explosive device and kill a United States Secret Service Special Agent with intent to impede, intimidate, and interfere with the agent while he was engaged in the performance of his official duties.

Conaway now faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine up to $500,000.

 

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