Tampa – 4 September – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – United States District Judge James D. Whittemore yesterday sentenced JOVAN JOHNSON of Lakeland, Florida to 15 months’ imprisonment to be followed by bthree years’ supervised release. On May 24, 2005, JOHNSON pled guilty to making a
false threat by telephone and one count of making a false report regarding an attempt to place an explosive onboard an aircraft.
According to the evidence and testimony presented at his plea hearing and
sentencing, JOHNSON made a false report by telephone that there was a bomb onboard a Southeast Airlines plane departing from the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport on August 7, 2004. As a result of that false report, the airport was effectively closed for over two hours and all flights both in and out of the airport were delayed while security personnel investigated the threat call.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the
Transportation Security Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United
States Attorney Jay L. Hoffer, Deputy Chief, Special Prosecutions.