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Man accused of bomb threat gets a year in prison

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 25, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison after prosecutors say he called in bomb threats to the Carmike Cinemas' headquarters in Georgia.

Prosecutors say 59-year-old Keith Bowers of Jessieville was sentenced Tuesday to serve a year and a day in prison for making a bomb threat. Bowers pleaded guilty in December to making two calls from Longview, Texas, in August 2012 to Carmike's headquarters in Columbus.

Prosecutors say he used a "Hispanic accent" and said he was unhappy that Carmike underpaid immigrant workers for cleaning. He said he would detonate a bomb during a screening of The Expendables.

Prosecutors say Bowers provided cleaning services to businesses, including Carmike, and was angry about rivals he said used immigrant labor and could undercut his bids.


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