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SeMo Pair that Hatched Faulty Bomb Threat Off to Prison

JACKSON, MO - The idea seemed a long shot at best: One man would call police and accuse his friend of carrying a bomb in hopes the arresting officer would rough up the suspect enough to support a lawsuit.

Instead of a civil case windfall, Duane Haffner and Leotis Sylvester Allen are going to prison.  A judge on Monday sentenced Haffner to five years for making a terroristic threat.  Allen received a four-year term.

A judge will re-evaluate the pair's behaviour in prison after 120 days and decide whether to release them on probation.

Jackson police received a call on February 21 with a tip that a man planned to take a hidden bomb into the county courthouse.  Detectives recognized the voice of Haffner and traced the call to a treatment center where Haffner and Allen were staying.

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