The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 12, 2013

North Carolina man admits sending bomb threat to federal prison

The Daily Item

— WILLIAMSPORT — A North Carolina man with a history of mental health issues has admitted he sent an email to the Allenwood low-security prison claiming he had planted a bomb in the building.

Matthew Mitchell Wilson, 22, of Indian Trail, N.C., and his parents had driven to the Allenwood area on March 30, 2021, to visit his brother Michael.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel said that on May 31, Wilson used a computer in the lobby of a nearby motel to send an email to prison that stated a bomb would detonate at 8:45 a.m. the following day.

The prison was placed on lockdown and search assisted with a dog failed to find any explosive devices, he said.

When interviewed by the FBI in August 2012, he admitted sending the email and explained he was lonely because his brother was an inmate, the prosecutor said.

Wilson Thursday pleaded guilty in U.S. Middle District Court to a charge of using the Internet to make a bomb threat to a federal prison.

The charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence but the guidelines indicate a term of up to 18 months.

Judge Matthew W. Brann released Wilson on personal recognizance with a number of conditions, one of which requires him to continue mental health counseling.