A Havelock man pleaded guilty to two felony counts of making false reports of a bombing to a public building in Craven County Superior Court this week in connection with bomb threats called into Havelock High School in January.
Frederick Thomas, 18, was sentenced to a 6-to-17 month prison term by Superior Court Judge Ben Alford. Citing Thomas’ lack of a criminal record and the fact that he had spent 75 days in Craven County jail prior to entering his plea, Alford suspended the sentence and placed Thomas on supervised probation for 30 months, according to a release from District Attorney Scott Thomas.
Alford ordered defendant Thomas to perform 40 hours of community service and fined him $1,000. Thomas was also banned from any property owned by the Craven County school system. Thomas was also ordered to get his GED.
The charges stem from incidents on January 7 and January 9 in which Thomas called Havelock High School and threatened that there was a bomb on the school campus.
“The school was preparing for exams and the students had to be evacuated into the cold weather on both occasions. In addition to a large law enforcement response, explosive-trained dogs were brought to campus to try to locate the supposed bombs,” said District Attorney Thomas in the release.
Following the search, no explosive devices were found, according to the release.
“Mr. Thomas’ two threats, though false, caused a major disruption at Havelock High School during preparations for exams,” said District Attorney Thomas. “Due to his conduct, he has spent the past 75 days in jail and is now convicted of two felonies at the age of 18. All threats must be taken seriously and considered real until proven otherwise. Hopefully, this conviction and sentence will serve as a deterrent for others who might consider such activity.”