Hamilton man sentenced for bomb threats

Frederick Purvis (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Frederick Purvis (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton man was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court for a series of bomb threats.

Frederick D. Purvis, 43, will spend the next 30 months behind bars after a series of messages he sent in November 2008 in which he threatened to blow up seven area landmarks. He was also sentenced to serve six years of supervised release after his prison term.

Purvis pled guilty on June 25, 2009 to one count of making a bomb threat in the Southern District of Ohio and one count of making a bomb threat in the Eastern District of Kentucky.

In the plea agreement Purvis signed with both districts, he admitted that he drove to a hotel in Fairfield, Ohio on November 13, 2008, logged onto the Internet and created an email account under a fake name. Purvis used the account to send an email to the FBI website claiming that he had planted bombs in seven locations and that the bombs would explode over the upcoming weekend.

Purvis claimed he had placed bombs at Paul Brown Stadium, the Brent Spence Bridge, the Big Mac Bridge, the Old Coney Bridge, the Indiana Kentucky Bridge near Argosy Casino, Argosy Casino, and the airport.

Purvis admitted that on Nov.14, 2008 he checked into a hotel in Erlanger, Ky., created another email account and sent an email to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Contact Center claiming that he had placed a bomb at the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport and that it would explode between Nov. 15-18, 2008.

Members of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) arrested Purvis at an Erlanger hotel on Nov. 20, 2008 without incident. No bombs were ever found.


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