Chicago man sentenced to 2 years for SIU bomb threats
A Chicago man who said he was seeking attention on a campus where he was bullied and harassed has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to making bomb threats in a self-declared "war" on Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Derrick Dawon Burns was sentenced Tuesday afternoon in federal court after admitting to sending four threatening letters to students, employees and campus police in 2012 and 2013. The FBI was also an intended recipient.
Three of the letters were entitled "The War on SIU." One was placed in a campus mail box and the others found in mail sorting machines. Burns also was accused of threatening campuses in five other states.
The former SIU student faced up to 10 years in prison for each charge.