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Man sentenced in Newport News bomb threat

Wednesday - 6/12/2013, 7:11am  ET

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- A man has been sentenced to eight months in prison for a bomb threat that temporarily shut down all three Newport News courthouses in February.

Twenty-one-year-old Devon Tyrell Slaughter pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony counts. A circuit judge sentenced him to 10 years on each count, with all but eight months suspended.

Slaughter also was ordered to pay restitution to the public safety agencies that responded to the threat.

The threat was made from a pay phone outside a convenience store on Feb. 20, the same day Slaughter was scheduled to be sentenced on a malicious wounding conviction. Newport News Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kathleen Carey says investigators determined Slaughter was trying to force a delay in his malicious wounding sentencing.

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