LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The man accused of posting bomb threats on the Internet is behind bars waiting to make his first appearance before a judge Friday morning. It's a case the FBI is investigating. A grand jury handed down a federal indictment to 20-year-old Johnathan Ivins Wednesday on three counts.
Unsealed Thursday, the indictment accuses Ivins of making threats he knew to be false on the Internet to blow up a plane at the Lubbock airport. Federal prosecutors say Ivins used a screen name and posted the threats on a You-Tube page.
FBI agents arrested Ivins, a Roosevelt High School graduate at his Lubbock county home late Wednesday night after a judge signed off on the arrest warrant. He was a contract employee for a commercial company the airport says Southwest Airlines hired to clean their planes.
This is the post word for word included in the indictment.
"I'm building a bomb as you speak. I work at the airport as a Technician. I go inspect planes and get paid $20 an Hour. You think you won. Well I got plans for implanting a 10 hour bomb in one of the vents. Hahahahaha when that plane goes boom you'll know what I'm talking about. I don't care if I get caught. They call me the hero. Your asses is going down I'm just waiting for the right time. I'm also implanting an another bomb somewhere in a big city. Plus there's muslim country's who want to destroy the American satellites. I look too much of american but I have a quarter of a muslim in me plus 1/16 of a jew in me so. Don't worry you'll go your turn f...... Yankee doodle dandy."
Ivins is charged with one count of imparting and conveying false information regarding the destruction of an aircraft, one count of making a bomb threat and one count of false information and hoaxes. If convicted, the bomb threat count carries a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Each of the other two counts carries a maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, upon conviction.
Ivins will make his first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy M. Koenig Friday morning at 9 a.m. KCBD NewsChannel 11 will be there and bring you the latest developments.
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