Pasadena bomb threat suspect sentenced

PASADENA — A judge Friday sentenced a Monrovia man accused of making bomb threats to a Pasadena middle school, the Pasadena Department of Health and a post office to 16 months in prison.
Gerardo Cortez. 25, pleaded no contest to a single count of making a false bomb report to a business or agency in April. He was initially charged with three counts of making bomb threats, three counts of making criminal threats and one count of attempting to make a criminal threat following his Oct. 25 arrest.
Pasadena Superior Court Judge Elaine Lu handed down the sentence, court officials said.
Cortez was accused of prompting the evacuation of Washington Middle School and adjacent Washington Accelerated Elementary School after making a bomb threat Oct. 24, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials.
The following day, another bomb threat was made to the Pasadena Department of Public Health, prompting another evacuation. Cortez was also initially charged with making a bomb threat to a post office, however further details were not available.
Following his arrest about a block from health agency, Cortez told investigators he was upset over personal problems.

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