TEXARKANA, Texas —A 30-year-old Texarkana, Texas man has pleaded guilty in connection with a bomb threat in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Brandon Forsyth pleaded guilty to false information and hoaxes on Nov. 1, 2010 before U.S. District Judge David Folsom.
According to information presented in court, on Apr. 27, 2010 and May 29, 2010, Forsyth called Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Texarkana, Texas and made a false bomb threat. Also, on May 29, 2010, Forsyth created, placed, and then pretended to find a note in the hospital which stated that, “Healthsouth killed my mother and there was a bomb in the building and that it was going to explode in 20 minutes." He also created and placed a fake explosive device in the hospital which was found by law enforcement on May 30, 2010. As a result patients were evacuated twice from the hospital, and several law enforcement agencies, including the Bomb Squad had to report to the scene. Foryth was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 4, 2010.
Forsyth faces up to 5 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the FBI, the Texarkana, Texas and Texarkana, Arkansas Police Departments, and the Bossier City, Louisiana Bomb Squad and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Kummerfeld.
From U.S. Attorney's Office