August 21, 2014
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A 32-year-old Web designer pleaded guilty today to making a hoax threat of bloodshed at San Diego State University in April.
Cristobal Fernando Gonzalez made his threat a day after a student's deadly shooting spree left 33 people dead at Virginia Tech.
Gonzalez faces up to five years in prison and a 250-thousand dollar fine on a single federal count of making a threatening communication via the Internet when he is sentenced in September.
According to court documents, Gonzalez told FBI investigators he wrote a hoax message claiming 50 SDSU students would be killed and then posted it anonymously to his own Web page. He then alerted a local television station in an attempt to generate publicity for the site.
FBI investigators traced Gonzalez via his post to a Web design company in Bonita, an unincorporated community sandwiched between San Diego and the U-S-Mexico border.
San Diego State was the site of fatal shootings in 1996 by a graduate engineering student who was defending his thesis before a faculty committee when he pulled out a handgun and killed three professors.
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