NY man sentenced for bomb threats at Premium Outlets

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A New York man will serve five years in prison for threatening to blow up at least five stores in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets shopping center in James City County last summer

Christian Jamayal Anthony of Schenectady, N.Y., received a 20-year prison sentence Wednesday in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court. But the final 15 years of that sentence were suspended. If Anthony violates any conditions of his probation after his release from prison, he could be ordered back to prison to serve the full 20-year term.

In addition to his prison term, Anthony was ordered to pay $1,050 in restitution.

According to court records, Anthony pled guilty in March to three counts of threatening to bomb or burn and one count of extortion in writing.

He was arrested in Albany, N.Y., on July 8, 2015 after an investigation by the James City County Fire Marshal’s Office determined he was in New York between March and May 2015, when he made the bomb threats.

According to a preliminary investigation, Anthony harassed employees over the phone and threatened to blow up the businesses. Some stores received multiple threats.

No one was hurt and no explosive devices were discovered.