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Missouri man sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for bomb threats, bank robbery

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CHARLESTON, Missouri — A Missouri man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for threatening to bomb Charleston schools to distract police while he robbed an area bank.

A federal judge sentenced 26-year-old Deidrick Reed on Monday. He received eight years for the false bomb threat and seven years for using a firearm during a crime.

Prosecutors say Reed admitted to calling Charleston authorities in December and claiming there were bombs at the elementary, junior and senior high schools. They say Reed and an accomplice robbed the Citizens Bank of Charleston of nearly $30,000 while law enforcement responded to the bomb threats.

The FBI in January arrested Reed in Chicago.

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