A 21-year-old Indiana man has been given three years probation for making a phony bomb threat that forced the March 18 evacuation of the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building.Benjamin Kritz, of Wheatfield, Ind., admitted he disguised a small portable cassette player as a bomb, placed it in a men's room in the downtown building and telephoned a threat to Salt Lake City police.
A note left outside the building demanded the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Honduras within 12 hours and said $10,000 should be placed in a men's room at a nearby office and shopping complex.
About 800 employees and visitors were evacuated for three hours while bomb-sniffing dogs searched the building.
Kritz turned himself in later that day and in a signed statement to the FBI said he had no intention of hurting anyone.
"I wanted mainly to shake people up about the issue," the statement said.
U.S. District Judge Aldon Anderson sentenced Kritz to five years in prison, but suspended the term and ordered him to spend 90 days at a federal treatment center where he will undergo a mental evaluation.
The judge also ordered Kritz to complete 50 hours of community service.