For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: July 11, 2003

Donald Tanner Sentenced for Courthouse Bomb Threat

(Boise) - Donald Lynn Tanner was sentenced today to up to 5 years in prison for making a bomb threat against the Jerome County Courthouse, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Fourth District Judge Barry Wood retained jurisdiction and ordered Tanner to undergo a 180-day evaluation in the custody of the Department of Correction. Tanner was also fined $1000 and ordered to pay court costs.

"A bomb threat is a serious crimes that places an entire community in danger," Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. "People can be injured while evacuating from the threatened building. And, although emergency responders make every effort to be safe, an unnecessary emergency response places police, fire and emergency medical personnel, as well as the public, at risk."

A Jerome County jury convicted Tanner, 45, for placing a false report of an explosive in a public place.

Tanner, a resident of Jerome, left a note at The Rock restaurant in Jerome stating there was a bomb in the Jerome County Courthouse.

The Special Prosecutions Unit of the Attorney General's Criminal Law Division prosecuted the case at the request of Jerome County Prosecuting Attorney J. Nicholson III. Deputy Attorney General J. Scott James prosecuted the case.

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