Airplane bomb joke became criminal charge for Lubbock man - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Airplane bomb joke became criminal charge for Lubbock man

Johnathan Ivins, image from Lubbock County S.O. Johnathan Ivins, image from Lubbock County S.O.
Ivins appears to be on the verge of crying as he is escorted to & from court by U.S. Marshals in May of 2010 Ivins appears to be on the verge of crying as he is escorted to & from court by U.S. Marshals in May of 2010

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Johnathan Ivins, 21, a former contract employee with an airline at Lubbock International Airport, pleaded not guilty to three felony charges in Lubbock court Friday. His trial date was set for May 2nd.

Court records say on April 1, 2010 he wrote on an Internet site, "I'm building a bomb as you speak. I work at the airport as a technician. ... I got plans for implanting a 10 hour bomb in one of the vents. Hahahahaha."

Ivins told investigators it was just a joke.  But court records say he also told investigators that he could hear voices in his head.

Court records go on to say his computer had been used to look at what prosecutors describe as "bizarre websites" concerning Hitler videos, child pornography, and people who are missing their front teeth.

Nevertheless, Federal Judge Sam Cummings ruled Thursday, after considering a psychiatric evaluation, that Ivins is competent to stand trial.  That was not the case in August of 2010 when Ivins was found to not be competent.  At that time the judge agreed to have Ivins hospitalized in an attempt to help Ivins "attain the capacity to permit the proceedings herein to go forward."

Ivins currently stands indicted for Imparting and Conveying False Information Regarding Destruction of an Aircraft, Bomb Threat, and False Information and Hoaxes.  

The first charge carries up to five years in prison; the second charge carries up to 10 years; and the third charge carries up to 5 years.

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