Bomb hoaxes get Texas man 3-plus years in prison
Phony bomb threats to Valero refinery in South Texas get man 3-plus years in federal prison
A South Texas man has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison and another three years of probation for persuading a relative to make phony bomb threat calls to a Valero Energy Corp. refinery in Corpus Christi last year.
Erasmo Luna, of Robstown, also was ordered Friday by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos to pay $145,700 in restitution to Valero after a company official testified about the financial impact of the hoaxes.
The 27-year-old Luna pleaded guilty in June.
His 20-year-old cousin, Jose Padilla, also of Robstown, has pleaded guilty to actually making the calls on two days last October. He faces sentencing next month.
Refinery security and local authorities with bomb-detection dogs had to respond to the threats, which also prompted an FBI investigation.
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