Chicago: Muslim Found Gulty of Sending Bomb Threat to Jewish School

(Chicago Tribune) A Jordanian citizen from Chicago's Far North Side was convicted Tuesday in federal court of mailing a bomb threat to a Jewish school in Chicago, officials said.

Mohammad Alkaramla, 26, was convicted in a two-day bench trial before U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, U.S. attorney's office spokesman Randall Samborn said.

Pallmeyer revoked bond for Alkaramla and ordered him detained pending sentencing, scheduled for Sept. 29, Samborn said.

He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Alkaramla was arrested in March 2009 for mailing a letter threatening to kill, injure and intimidate individuals and destroy the building, officials said.

The letter was addressed to rabbis and leaders in the Jewish community and mailed to the Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago, officials said.



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