Garden City man sentenced in 2012 hospital bomb threat case

4/5/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

A Garden City man has been sentenced on charges stemming from a July 2012 St. Catherine Hospital bomb threat.

According to a press release from the Finney County Attorney's Office, Michael Clayton Mann, 38, 830 Ponderosa Court, was sentenced Thursday on the charge of aggravated criminal threat in Finney County District Court, to an underlying 32-month prison sentence.

Judge Robert J. Frederick granted Mann 36 months' probation from this sentence after he serves a 10-day sanction in the Finney County Jail. Mann has served 67 days in jail as of the date of sentencing.

On Feb. 22, Mann pled no contest to the charge of aggravated criminal threat in Finney County District Court. The state provided a factual statement of the crime and Judge Frederick found the defendant guilty. The plea was given as a part of a plea agreement between the state of Kansas and Mann.

The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on July 20, 2012, when St. Catherine Hospital closed down much of its facility after a bomb threat was found by housekeeping. The threat was carved into the paint of a bathroom stall in a men's restroom at the hospital. Police, along with personnel from the Garden City Fire Department, Kansas Highway Patrol and the hospital, conducted a thorough search of the facility and no suspicious device was located. According to the press release, an investigation by the Garden City Police Department revealed the threat had been created by Mann, who was then working in housekeeping at the hospital.

Three charges were dismissed in exchange for Mann's plea. The dismissed charges include criminal threat and two counts of misdemeanor criminal damage to property. The second criminal threat stemmed from another threat made to the hospital on Oct. 10, 2012. No evacuation or closure occurred as a result of that threat.

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