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McKoy pleads guilty to WIU bomb threat

UPDATE: August 5 at 1:46 p.m.

A former Western Illinois University student was sentenced Friday for calling in a bomb threat on campus. Cameron McKoy was arrested last year following an investigation by the FBI.

McKoy pleaded guilty in federal court to using an automated calling service to make a bomb threat. He was sentenced today to 12 months and 1 day including time served.

McKoy used a telephone to make the first threat, on Oct. 25, 2010, to Tanner Hall, a freshman dormitory on WIU TMs Macomb campus. McKoy used an automated calling service known as RoboTalker.com to make eight additional hoax bomb threats, from Nov. 4 through Nov. 11, 2010.

He has been in federal law enforcement custody since Nov. 16, 2010.

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A former Western Illinois University Student was convicted Monday for making bomb threats on the campus last year.

18-year-old Cameron McKoy struck a deal with prosecutors and pled guilty to one charge of the nine charges against him.

McKoy pled guilty to one count of making a hoax bomb threat and admitted that he engaged in making hoax bomb threats by phone beginning on Oct. 25, 2010. He used a telephone to make the first threat on Oct. 25, 2010 to Tanner Hall, a freshman dormitory on WIU's Macomb campus. Later, he made eight additional hoax bomb threats using a service called RoboTalker.com from Nov. 4 through Nov. 11, 2010.

He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 8, 2011 at 11 a.m.

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