Philly cook gets 15 months over bogus plane threat

AP News
Posted: Apr 22, 2013 1:39 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia pizza cook who called in a bogus airplane threat to get back at a romantic rival over a Facebook photo has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Kenneth Smith must also send written apologies to 38 passengers who watched as armed agents stormed the tarmac at Philadelphia International Airport last fall.

The 26-year-old Smith says he was angered over a compromising photo of his girlfriend that rival Christopher Shell had posted.

So Smith called authorities to report that Shell had explosives on a flight en route to Dallas.

U.S. Judge Gene Pratter told Smith he should spend more time looking in the mirror, and less looking at Facebook.

Defense lawyer William Brennan says his client understands the terror he caused — but had no terrorist intentions.