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W.Va. student free on $5K bond after bomb scare

Wednesday - 3/20/2013, 10:50am  ET

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- A student at a West Virginia university who terrified classmates by using a fake bomb in a class presentation has been released from jail on bond.

Harrison County Magistrate Frank DeMarco said Wednesday that 33-year-old Joshua John Richards was pleasant, cooperative and very remorseful when he appeared in court late Tuesday.

He says Richards, a student at Salem International University, kept saying he was only doing a school project and was sorry for how it turned out.

Richards is facing a misdemeanor charge of manufacturing and possessing a hoax bomb -- in this case, a ticking black box with a blinking green light.

That's a misdemeanor punishable by six months to a year behind bars and a fine of up to $5,000.

He has requested a public defender and was freed on $5,000 bond.


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