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Man Charged with Newton North Bomb Threat Found Guilty

Denzel Horne, 21, was sentenced Monday for charges stemming from a Dec. 12, 2007 bomb threat at Newton North.

A man who authorities say issued a bomb threat at  in 2007 was found guilty Monday, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office said. 

Denzel Horne, 21, of Newton was found guilty of a bomb threat and causing a school evacuation. According to Middlesex County DA Spokeswoman Cara O'Brien, Horne was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the House of Correction with one year to serve and the balance suspended for five years. 

O'Brien said Horne was also issued five years probation for the school evacuation charge. 

The charges stem from a Dec. 12, 2007 incident at Newton North High School that involved a note containing a bomb threat. According to the DA's office, the note was found taped to an entrance of the school and was addressed to the high school's principal. 

Students evacuated the school and Newton Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene. Although no device was found, school was canceled for the remainder of the day, the DA's office said. 

According to the DA's office, this is Horne's second trial on the charges, as the first was called a mistrial due to a hung jury. 

Mike Striar February 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Sentencing this young man to a year in prison is a disgrace. What happened to the punishment fitting the crime? The police don't even conduct criminal investigations into the numerous false fire alarms that students pull at both high schools. Yet this particular incident, which is completely comparable to those false fire alarms, was somehow measured by an entirely different standard. It's a RACIST decision, pure and simple. If Denzel were white, he wouldn't be going to jail. Justice is a myth!!!
Jerry Reilly February 20, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Was race a factor? I have no idea but I agree with Mike that this sure sounds like a case of the judicial system gone off the tracks. What possible good can come from locking up a 21 year old FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS over a stupid teenage prank when he was 17. Its insane!
jaison cramer April 05, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Insane!! This can't be real!! I can understand if he had bomb materials then he should be locked up, but it's clearly a 17 year old boy that was trying to avoid a test. And to have convicted him almost five years later.... are you serious!! if anything fine him for bringing the bomb squad or fire department but did he really risk anyones life, not really.

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