Minnesota man gets prison for Mont. Amtrak threat

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Posted: Aug 23, 2011 7:08 PM
Minnesota man gets prison for Mont. Amtrak threat

A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for a false threat that led to the evacuation of an Amtrak train in northern Montana in February.

Hussein Abdi Hassan of Minneapolis was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon on a federal charge of false information and hoaxes.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Hassan was removed from an Amtrak train in Browning on Feb. 14 for being intoxicated and disruptive. He later told a deputy there was something dangerous in his bag and dangerous people on the train.

After the train was stopped and 140 passengers evacuated across a frozen pond, the train was searched for explosives. None were found.

The threat delayed the train by 11 hours. Hassan also was ordered to pay $310,089 in restitution.