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Citrus man sentenced to federal prison over bomb threats

David Willmott, 25, of Inverness was sentenced to three years in federal prison.
David Willmott, 25, of Inverness was sentenced to three years in federal prison.
Published Jul. 20, 2017

An Inverness man was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison for making bomb threats against public buildings and spaces, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

David Willmott, now 25, pleaded guilty in federal court in April to making threats to use an explosive device. He sent emails in November 2014 and April 2015 from a computer at the Lakes Region Library in Inverness threatening to blow up targets all over the Tampa Bay area.

The targets included the nuclear power plant facility in Crystal River, the Polk County Sheriff's Office, an elementary school, courthouses in Hernando and Citrus counties and airports in Tampa and Clearwater, according to a Justice Department news release. The threats forced bomb-sniffing dogs to the airports and evacuations at the government buildings.

In 2016, Willmott was sentenced to six years in Florida prison. He pleaded no contest to a state charge of making a false bomb threat in connection to those emails, and two unrelated charges of arson. The arson charges stemmed from a June 2015 incident in which, authorities said, Willmott tried to ignite Brooksville's Lake Lindsey United Methodist Church, of which he was a congregation member.

Willmott will serve his federal prison time once he is released from state prison, the Justice Department said.