Bomb Threat Suspect to Change Federal Plea

Mar 11, 2013

A Pittsburgh man has been scheduled to change his not guilty plea to federal charges that he used a stolen cell phone to call in false bomb threats to the Allegheny County 911 Center, saying that a bomb would go off at Allegheny County Jail, PNC Park, and a Port Authority light-rail station in Pittsburgh.

Federal court records show 22-year-old Termaine Washington was scheduled to change his plea Monday morning before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

Authorities say Washington called in several false threats from Sept. 15-19.

If convicted, he could face a maximum of five years in prison a $1.5 million fine.

Washington's attorney, federal public defender Jay Finkelstein, has a blanket policy of not commenting on his cases to the media.