An 18-year-old Hoopeston teen gets a two and a-half year prison term for a Facebook bomb threat. Dakota Degarmo admitted posting on Facebook a threat to bomb Rantoul Township High School three months ago.
Degarmo pleaded guilty Thursday to a Class 3 felony count of disorderly conduct.
It was on October 5 when he posted the threat on the social networking site. Dagarmo made the post using an assumed name, but Rantoul Police were able to trace the account to Degarmo.
Police arrested Degarmo the next day at a relative’s house in Rantoul. That was after drug-sniffing dogs were brought in to search the school buildings. Nothing was found.
Degarmo was ordered to make restitution of $3,000 to the Rantoul police department to cover its response expenses.
He was given credit on his sentence for 99 days already served in jail.
The state’s attorney said Degarmo had two prior juvenile cases against him for residential burglary from Vermilion County and was on parole for one at the time of his fall arrest.