Plea deal for autistic man in school bomb threats

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A prosecutor says he approved a no-jail plea deal for a 28-year-old man who made bomb threats against Flint-area schools because of the defendant's mental health disability. reports that Jeffrey D. Cox pleaded no-contest Wednesday to malicious use of a telecommunications device, a misdemeanor.

Defense lawyer Michael Manley says he gave authorities extensive documentation of his client's Asperger syndrome and autism.

Cox was arrested in September on charges of making a false bomb threat and using a computer to commit a crime.

Authorities say Cox made an email threat against Grand Blanc High School and two middle schools.

Cox is to pay $5,600 in restitution police costs and refrain from computer use. A sentencing hearing in 11 months will determine if Cox is meeting his restitution promise.

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