LSU bomb suspect pleads guilty

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 43-year-old Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty state court to calling in a bomb threat that closed LSU's main campus for more than 12 hours on Sept. 17.

The Advocate reports William Bouvay Jr. faces a prison term of 13 to 28 years under the terms of a plea agreement. District Judge Lou Daniel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled a June 28 sentence date. Bouvay will continue to be held without bond.

He was slated to stand trial April 22. Bouvay pleaded guilty as charged to a felony count of communicating false information of a planned bombing on school property. But because Bouvay has two prior felony convictions in New Mexico and Louisiana, he faced a sentence of 13 to 40 years as a habitual offender.

His plea deal brought the maximum possible sentence down to 28 years. District Attorney Hillar Moore III said the sentencing range is appropriate based on Bouvay's history and what happened at LSU on Sept. 17. Moore said the bomb threat made for "a really difficult situation."

In November, federal prosecutors dropped a federal charge against Bouvay of conveying a false bomb threat because a successful state prosecution would result in a stiffer sentence.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Bouvay called 911 at 10:32 a.m. Sept. 17 and told a 911 dispatcher, "Yes, I planted three bombs at LSU's campus. My colleagues planted three bombs at LSU to go off in two hours if my ."

The caller did not finish that sentence. "This is not a joke. I'm gonna go there and ." the caller said before the call was disconnected.

No bombs were found. Authorities traced the number using GPS technology to a deactivated cellphone that could be used only for emergency calls, LSU police have said. The phone was found at Bouvay's home.