What a false bomb threat earns a criminal

On Nov. 17, 2010, Daniel Peterson, a 26-year-old from Hutchinson, Minn., learned the consequences of giving a fake tip on a bomb threat. Peterson was sentenced to 33 months in prison for giving a false tip to the FBI that some person or group planned to bomb the Bank of Oklahoma Center, a sports arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The threatening tip was provided on Sept. 13, 2009.

The incident was investigated by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and the Hutchinson Police Department. The JTTF's Special Agent in charge Ralph Boelter said the Bureau "takes all threats very seriously, even when they turn out to be hoax threats."

Peterson was convicted on one count of offering false information and hoaxes. The case was held in federal court and could have earned Peterson up to five years in prison time.

The Bank of Oklahoma Center is a 565,000-square-foot facility that can seat over 19,000 persons. It serves as home court to the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, the AFL's Tulsa Talons, and the NHL minor league team the Tulsa Oilers. The venue has been host to concerts from major performers such as Elton John, Kenny Chesney, Billy Joel, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and Metallica.

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