Ex-vet sentenced in bomb threat
An Ottawa County Army veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder was sentenced May 15 to five years of federal probation for threatening to bomb Miami High School, according to court records. Bobby Ray Harris, 26, was ordered to serve the first eight months of probation while under house arrest and to perform 80 hours of community service, according to court records. Harris pleaded guilty in February in U.S. District Court in Tulsa to the federal charge. He confessed to calling the Welch State Bank on Sept. 11 and demanding $3,000, saying he would blow up Miami High School if he didn't get the money. He told authorities he owed $616 per month in child support payments and had no job, according to an arrest affidavit. Harris, who suffered head injuries in combat, was diagnosed while serving in Iraq, court records show. He is now is receiving treatment, records show. About 500 students were evacuated safely to a nearby church while bomb crews searched the school.
SHEILA STOGSDILL, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN