Man pleads guilty for hoax bomb threat at Statue of Liberty
NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal authorities say a man has pleaded guilty to making a hoax bomb threat to blow up the Statue of Liberty last year, causing Liberty Island to be evacuated.
Prosecutors say 42-year-old Jason Paul Smith, of West Virginia, identified himself as Abdul Yasin when he called 911 in April, 2015. Yasin is the only conspirator not captured in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
More than 3,200 people were removed by boats following the call. Prosecutors say Smith also made calls threatening to kill police officers at the Brooklyn Bridge and to bomb Times Square.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says Smith faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in Manhattan federal court to conveying false and misleading information and hoaxes. Sentencing is scheduled for September.
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