Thomas Clifford Montgomery of Zebulon, who was charged with calling in bomb threats to the Upson County Courthouse, as well as Upson and Pike County Schools last year, was sentenced to prison on October 13 in Pike County Superior Court. According to Assistant District Attorney Ben Coker, Montgomery pled guilty to one count of impersonating a firefighter and nine counts of transmitting a false public alarm. He was sentenced to 20 years, with 10 to serve, followed by 10 on probation.
According to Coker, Upson and Pike agencies worked together to apprehend Montgomery, who was arrested on August 21, 2014 after he was positively identified as the person who impersonated a fire fighter at an accident scene on Highway 109 earlier last year. Coker added that when law enforcement searched Montgomery’s residence they found numerous phones that were identified as the phones used to call in the threats. Montgomery confessed to the crimes and was arrested.
In total, Montgomery called in four bomb threats for Upson Lee High School between January 2014 and May 2014 and one for the Upson County Courthouse. Montgomery was also previously convicted of transmitting a false public alarm in Bartow County in 2004, for which he received probation.
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