Manuel Garcia's "suspicious package" will get him a home for the next 18 months.
Garcia, a 66-year-old homeless man, admitted leaving a mesh cooler with a note referencing "C-4" and claiming it
would detonate at 7 a.m. outside of the Charles Evans Whittaker Federal Courthouse in April. The courthouse was shut down so the bomb robot could investigate. Inside the cooler: a couple of Kansas City telephone books. Turns out there is a use for the phone book other than cluttering apartment hallways.
If planting a fake bomb outside of the courthouse wasn't enough, Garcia called 911 and claimed there were three explosive devices inside the courthouse.
Garcia was busted after a
supervisor recognized Garcia's voice. There's also those tricky
security cameras, which court documents say captured video of a man
resembling Garcia placing a package next to the east entrance of the
Garcia pleaded guilty on July 20 to making a bomb threat over the phone. He received an 18-month sentence, which will beat another harsh Kansas City winter.