Inmate taken into FBI custody for threatening to bomb hospital

OXFORD, Miss. (WJTV) — A Columbus man is arrested for phoning a bomb threat into a local hospital.

25-year-old Michael Anthony Sparks was arrested by FBI agents on Thursday at the Leflore County Jail.

He was being held there on state court charges of possession of contraband in a correctional facility.

The affidavit says that on Nov. 13 at noon, Sparks called and threatened to blow up Baptist Memoria Hospital-Golden Triangle from a wireless phone.

Law enforcement officers went to the scene while hospital officials evacuated non-essential staff and visitors during the sweep.

 

Agents and officers located Sparks in a Mississippi Department of Corrections facility near Greenwood.  With the assistance and cooperation of MDOC leadership, Sparks was interviewed and later identified as the person who made the call.

If convicted, Sparks faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sparks appeared this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Oxford before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander and was remanded to federal custody.  Assistant United States Attorney Bob Norman is prosecuting the case.

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