A Bettendorf man has pleaded guilty to sending a bomb threat to Scott Community College in 2015.

America Yegile Haileselassie, 39, pleaded guilty Friday to interstate communication of a threat in U.S. District Court, Davenport, according to court records. The charge is punishable by up to five years in prison.

He will be sentenced Feb. 15.

According to court documents:

At 10:35 a.m. Nov. 4, 2015, Scott County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the community college in Davenport and were shown a stack of printed paper from the Student Success Center that each contained the printed message, “There is a bomb at Scott Community College. It will explode at noon today.”

The community college building was searched and nothing was found.

An employee who found the printed paper observed an email address that was linked to Haileselassie, a former student. Deputies learned he had been verbally told he was suspended one week prior. An official suspension letter was mailed to him Nov. 2, 2015, according to court documents.

Haileselassie was initially charged in Scott County District Court, but the charge was dismissed when he was indicted in federal court in October 2016.

He pleaded guilty to the federal charge in July, but was allowed to take back the plea the following month, court records show.

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