NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A New Orleans man is facing ten years in prison after admitting to federal authorities that he made at least 40 bomb threats against courts, schools, casinos and more. U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says 31 year old Jahvar Hooks pled guilty to making threatening phone calls, threatening to blow up various buildings.
Hooks guilty plea is the result of a one-count superseding indictment, charging him with maliciously conveying false information in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(e).
According to court records, from August 12, 2013 through August 19, 2013, Hooks made in excess of forty telephonic bomb threats. Victims of these threatening phone calls include the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court and the New Orleans Municipal/Traffic Court along with schools, hotels, casinos, and other government buildings. In an interview with Officers of the New Orleans Police Department, HOOKS admitted to making the telephone calls.
If convicted, the maximum penalty as to each charge is ten years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine. U
US. District Judge Lance M. Africk set sentencing for August 6, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Gregory M. Kennedy is in charge of the prosecution.