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Former SIU student pleads guilty to bomb threats


A Chicago man pleaded guilty to making bomb threats to Southern Illinois University.

Derrick Dawon Burns pleaded guilty to four counts of willfully making a bomb threat.

Federal court documents revealed the contents of seven letters sent between September 2012 and September 2013. An affidavit summarized the letters as allegedly bomb threats to SIU and other universities, and promises to rape, murder and even decapitate SIU students, staff and faculty.

According to the affidavit, two of the letters were signed "Terrorist of America" and "Terrorist for Alqaeda."

A special agent concluded that based on the similarities in style, construction and method of delivery he believed all seven letters were written by the same person.

Burns, a former SIU student, was linked to the letters when the special agent claimed fingerprints found on four of the seven letters matched those submitted by Burns after a federal court subpoena.

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