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Published: Monday, 6/20/2011

Student to plead guilty in false bomb threat allegedly placed on Ohio State campus


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The FBI says a man will plead guilty in federal court Monday to emailing a false threat about bombs placed at Ohio State University last year that prompted the school to close four buildings and three streets.

Jonathan Birkemeyer was accused in a criminal complaint last month of sending a fake email to the FBI on Nov. 16 indicating he’d found a map showing the location of nine bombs on the campus.

No bombs were found but the threat disrupted campus life for hundreds of students, staff and faculty.

A May 27 plea agreement also says Birkemeyer has been indicted in Franklin County with burglary and receiving stolen property related to stolen computer equipment used to send the email.

A message was left with Birkemeyer’s lawyer Monday seeking comment.

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