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Man sentenced for bogus threat

on April 23, 2013 10:19 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia pizza cook who called in a bogus airplane threat to get back at a romantic rival over a Facebook photo has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Kenneth Smith must also send written apologies to 38 passengers who watched as armed agents stormed the tarmac at Philadelphia International Airport last fall.

Smith, 26, said he was angered over a compromising photo of his girlfriend that rival Christopher Shell had posted.

So Smith called authorities to report that Shell had explosives on a flight en route to Dallas.

U.S. Judge Gene Pratter told Smith he should spend more time looking in the mirror, and less looking at Facebook.

Defense lawyer William Brennan said his client understands the terror he caused — but had no terrorist intentions.

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