A former Baker City man who has twice been convicted of making bomb threats here was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for the more recent conviction, for making an anonymous phone call in March 2016 claiming to have placed a bomb behind Baker County Sheriff Travis Ash’s home.
Freddie Armando Butler, 31, of Des Moines, Iowa, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose in Iowa.
Butler admitted using a cellphone to leave the anonymous message for Ash, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum.
Ash and Baker County Sheriff’s deputies searched the area around the sheriff’s home but found no bomb.
As part of his guilty plea, Butler admitted to leaving the phone message with the intention to frighten or impede law enforcement, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland.
In a press release from the sheriff’s office, Ash said he is not deterred from his commitment to duty by the actions of criminals, but that the 2016 threat by Butler was quite traumatizing for his family.
In January 2011 Butler, then 23 and living in Boise, was sentenced to one year in jail for calling in a bomb threat to Baker High School in December 2009.
Butler pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree disorderly conduct for claiming that bombs had been placed in four rooms at BHS.
Baker High School, which at that time also housed kindergartners, was evacuated due to the threat. No bomb was found.
Butler admitted making the phone call from Des Moines, Iowa. He told a Baker City Police officer that he didn’t intend to scare anyone.