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4 years in jail for man who phoned-in bomb threat

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Rhodes has been sentenced to four years after calling in a bomb threat against Festus Elementary School last year. Rhodes has been sentenced to four years after calling in a bomb threat against Festus Elementary School last year.

FESTUS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A Cadet man has been sentenced to four years in prison after calling in a bomb threat against Festus Elementary School in August of last year.

According to police, 24-year-old James Rhodes called the elementary school and made a bomb threat against the school on August 19, 2014.

Festus police received a call from the Jefferson County 911 Dispatch reporting that a man had made a bomb threat against the school. Dispatch was able to acquire the cell number and gave it to police.

After contacting the cell phone provider police were able to track the phone to Crystal City, where police took three people into custody for stealing. One of the suspects had the stolen phone that was used to make the call.

Rhodes and another suspect in the case, Michael Asher, 23, of Hillsboro, were among the suspects and admitted to being involved in the bomb threat.

Police say, Asher had borrowed a friend’s cell phone and Rhodes had used it to make the call.

The two suspects had hoped the call would distract police in the Crystal City area where they had been hiding after stealing a generator from a home in the area.

Rhodes plead guilty to making a terrorist threat and was sentenced on October 8.

According to court records, Rhodes was previously sentenced for possession of a controlled substance. The four-year term is to be served at the same time, with a seven-year term Rhodes received from his previous sentencing.

Asher has also plead guilty to making a terrorist threat, a class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

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