Student On Visa Pleads Guilty to Posting Bomb Threat on University Web Site

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Kevin O’Connor, U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Shrikrishna Gurumurthi of Chicago pleaded guilty April 13 to posting a hoax bomb threat on the University of Bridgeport’s Web site.

Gurumurthi, 24, is a citizen of India in the United States on a student visa and has attended the University of Bridgeport.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, Gurumurthi posted a threat on www.bridgeport.edu, a Web site hosted by the University of Bridgeport, stating, among other things, that “Indian students are going to plant several bombs in various locations of this univ.” and “Going to happen soon. Watch out.”

His sentencing for May 17, at which time Gurumurthi faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

O’Connor noted that this case is being prosecuted under the relatively new hoax bomb threat statute, which makes it a crime to convey false and misleading information under circumstances where such information indicates that a bombing, or similar activity, will take place.

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