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Man pleads guilty to making fake plane threat

October 24, 2006|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A Florida man pleaded guilty Monday to calling in a bomb threat to the Long Beach Airport after he arrived too late to board his flight, authorities said.

Yechezkel Wells, 21, of Miami Beach entered his plea in U.S. District Court to a felony count of conveying false information of a threat targeting an airplane. Wells, who remains free on bond, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 29. He faces probation to five years in prison.

Wells, a college student with dual citizenship in the U.S. and Israel, was arrested Aug. 26 after he called 911 from a pay phone and said there was a bomb on a JetBlue flight from Long Beach to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In his plea agreement, Wells acknowledged he made the call to try to keep the plane from leaving.

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