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Man pleads guilty to bomb threat

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Xavier L. Sims, 25, of Doerun, pleaded guilty to making a threat to blow up a Colquitt County school, according to Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

Sims “called the Colquitt County 911 and stated that he had placed a bomb in an unnamed Colquitt County school, thereby threatening to kill and injure students and employees of the Colquitt County School District and to unlawfully damage and destroy the unnamed school building using an explosive,” Moore said.

No bomb was found, but all county schools were evacuated for the safety of students and employees.

Sims faces a potential maximum penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for July 16.

“When people threaten the safety of others – especially our children – we will work with our state and local partners to do all we can to hold them accountable,” Moore said.

The case was investigated by the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office, the Moultrie Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. McCullers prosecuted the case for the government.