A 24-year-old man who earlier this year used one of the city of Auburn’s public library computers to threaten to destroy all of the FBI buildings in the United States was sentenced today to a year in prison.
Michael Robert DeJong, formerly of Buford, also was sentenced to 10 additional months for committing the Feb. 4 offense while on supervised release from federal prison for an earlier incident involving an Internet threat against former President George W. Bush.
Both incidents were hoaxes but led to federal investigations.
“Any threat to national security, however communicated, must be taken seriously, investigated thoroughly, and prosecuted fully, even if ultimately determined to be a hoax,” said U.S. Atty. David E. Nahamias in a press release. “This repeat offender is being justly punished for his actions.”
DeJong pleaded guilty May 14 to using the internet to threaten to destroy buildings of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by fire or explosives.
According to the U.S. attorney's office, DeJong identified himself as "Mr. L" and sent a message to the “threat/complaint page of the FBI’s Internet website.”
In his message, he acknowledged that he had been imprisoned for making threats against former President Bush from 2007-2008 and was making a new threat to “destroy every single FBI building. Starting here in Atlanta.”
He claimed he had lost trust in his country and would be a “hero” for his people, the press release states.
The FBI quickly determined DeJong had sent his threat from a computer at the Auburn public library.