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Chicago Man Convicted Of Mailing Bomb Threat To Jewish School

Chicago, IL – A Jordanian national from the city’s Far North Side was convicted today in federal court of mailing a bomb threat to a Jewish school in Chicago, officials said.

Mohammad Alkaramla, 26, of Chicago, was convicted in a two-day bench trial before U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, according to U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Randall Samborn.

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

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

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

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

The case was investigated by the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force led by the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Kartik Raman and Meghan Morrissey, Samborn said.

(Source: Chicago Tribune)

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