HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey man will spend eight months in federal prison for calling in a phony bomb threat to a Pennsylvania arena before a concert last summer by boy band One Direction.
Federal prosecutors said 47-year-old William H. Klein was sentenced after pleading guilty Tuesday to a charge of interstate communication with threat to injure.
U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, which runs Hersheypark Stadium, received a call July 5 during which a male caller says, “If One Direction plays tomorrow, the stadium will blow up.”
Smith said the call was tracked to a pay phone at a 7-Eleven in Northfield, N.J., in Atlantic County, and Klein was identified from surveillance footage.
The stadium was placed on lockdown before the concert, followed by a bomb sweep and a check of concertgoers’ bags.
According to The Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News, Klein’s public defender wrote in a sentencing memorandum that his client has mental health issues and was desperate to bond with his 10- and 14-year-old daughters but he failed to get tickets to the concert.
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