A Carpentersville man pleaded guilty Friday to making bomb threats in September 2013 that caused authorities to evacuate courthouses in St. Charles, Elgin and Carpentersville.
Akiel W. Davis, 22, of the 100 block of Adobe Circle, pleaded guilty to felony disorderly conduct and was sentenced to three years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen motor vehicle and was sentenced to four years in prison.
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In addition, Davis pleaded guilty to violation of probation in a 2012 aggravated battery case and to burglary, receiving four years for each of those charges.
According to Kane County Assistant State's Attorney Greg Sams, Davis called the Kane County circuit court clerk's office on Sept. 4, 2013, and left a message saying, "Everyone in Kane County is going to die today." He also called the QuadComm emergency dispatch center and said there were four bombs in "the Kane County courthouse."
The clerk's office and Kane County branch court, which are in the same building in St. Charles, were evacuated, as was the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles and branch courts in Elgin and Carpentersville. The Kane County courthouse in Geneva and the Aurora branch court were searched.
Court business resumed at all places in the afternoon, except the Carpentersville branch court.
Davis was on probation for the aggravated battery at the time and due to appear in court that day.
At his September 2013 monthly media meeting, Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon noted what a disruption the bomb threat was.
"The real inconvenience is to the people who come here to resolve their court case," McMahon said. "Whether it's a civil case or a traffic ticket, they have to take off work. What you're really doing is interfering with your neighbors' lives."