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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of West Virginia

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Michael B. Stuart
, United States Attorney
Contact: Deanna Eder

West Hamlin Man Pleads Guilty to Making High School Bomb Threat Through Snap Chat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -  A West Hamlin man pled guilty to using Snap Chat to make a bomb threat directed at local high school, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. William Lee McCallister, also known as Kreekchub, 24,  pled guilty to Threatening and Conveying False Information Concerning the Use of an Explosive Device.

“We don’t tolerate threats to our schools,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Hoax threats are serious federal crimes.  They are not a joke.  We take every single one seriously, will investigate them thoroughly and prosecute perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.  Hoax threats waste valuable law enforcement resources and disrupt school systems.  Think before you post and, if you make a threat to our schools or public safety, you’ll be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

 McCallister admitted that he made bomb threat directed at Lincoln County High School on Snap Chat stating he would plant a bomb at the high school via a four-wheeler trail behind the school with the intent to detonate the bomb on January 3, 2019.

McCallister faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on December 11, 2019.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation.  Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Ryan A. Saunders is handling the prosecution.

 

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