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UPDATE: CBC Bomb Threat Case Moving to Federal Court

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UPDATE (9/11/13): The trial for a man accused of making a bomb threat at Columbia Basin College will now be heard in federal court.

Steven Eugene Brown was indicted Tuesday at Franklin County Court by a federal grand jury on one felony count of willfully making a threat that bombs were going to detonate at the Columbia Basin College campus.

Documents to dismiss the Franklin County charge will be filed Wednesday.

If convicted of the felony charge, Brown could spend up to 10 years in federal prison.


PASCO, Wash. -- A 52-year-old Finley man accused of calling in a bomb threat to Columbia Basin College last month will stay in Franklin County Jail.

Steven Eugene Brown and his court-appointed attorney decided to forego arguing Brown's $150,000 bail Tuesday morning in Franklin County court.  Brown's attorney says he needs more time to review the case.

According to CBC, Brown was not a student when he made the threat the morning of July 18th, closing both the Pasco and Richland campuses for the day.

Investigators did not find any explosives on either campus.  Both campuses reopened the day after the call.

Brown is charged with one felony count of "Threat to Bomb or Injure Property."  He will be back in court August 27th for an omnibus hearing.

His trial is set for September 18th.