An Acworth man plead guilty Thursday to calling in a phony bomb threat to the Cobb County Courthouse in an effort to stop the foreclosure on his home.
Tommie Milan Boleman, Jr., 47, told Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben Green that he placed the phone call on Aug. 6, 2013.
According to the arrest warrant, Boleman walked into a Wal-mart in Dallas at 10 a.m. Tuesday, where he used $40 cash to purchase a Verizon pre-paid phone and a phone card containing one minute of calling time. He left the store and allegedly called in a bomb threat to the Cobb County Government Information line at 10:25 a.m., according to the warrant.
Boleman has been held without bond since his arrest on Aug. 6, 2013.
At the time, Boleman faced charges of terroristic threats, false statements, obstruction/intimidating a juror or officer and false public alarm, all felonies, and disrupting a public meeting.
Cobb Clerk of Court records also indicate that Boleman does have previous arrests. In 1996, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, and in 1998 burglary charges.
Judge Green sentenced Boleman to five years, with one year to serve and the rest on probation. He was also ordered to perform 40 hours of community service, fined $500, and ordered to reimburse the county $700 for the cost of his attorney, Mitch Durham of Marietta.
It was the third time this year a false threat had been phoned into the courthouse on a day when a foreclosure auction had been scheduled.
Last month, a Woodstock man, Jody John Wilson, pleaded guilty to phoning in threats on Jan. 2 and May 7. Wilson’s threats also included the Cherokee County courthouse, and he was sentenced to 10 years, with one to serve, and ordered to pay $7,500 in restitution to Cherokee County.
A home belonging to Boleman’s mother on Fairwood Pointe, which is in the Brookstone subdivision near Due West and Mars Hill roads in northwest Cobb, was in foreclosure and scheduled to be sold on the courthouse steps that Tuesday morning.
Boleman told a county employee "that there was a bomb in the courthouse and he could not believe they were selling her house," the warrant stated.
Due to the nature of the call, deputies brought in a specially trained dog to sniff for explosives but no bomb was found. Authorities did not evacuate the courthouse as like in previous bomb threats.