A Carbondale man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to making a false threat against the military recruiting center in Carbondale.
According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephen Weinhoeft, 42-year-old George Rita II was indicted in July on a charge of intentionally conveying false information about a bomb threat, which is a federal crime.
The release states that on June 28, Rita sent an anonymous message to an FBI tip line in Clarksburg, West Virginia, in which he said he was heading to a recruitment center to blow it up, and that no one could stop him.
Rita did not give a location for the recruiting center in that anonymous message, but the FBI determined that the message had come from Southern Illinois and tracked the IP address to Rita's apartment, which is near the U.S. Army Recruiting Office located on Carbondale's Strip.
According to the release, Rita during his Tuesday plea hearing admitted to sending the message, and confirmed the information the FBI had discovered during its investigation.
Rita is currently being held without bond. He is set to be sentenced on Dec. 27. He faces up to five years in prison, plus a possible three years of supervised release, and a potential fine up to $250,000.
The release states Carbondale Police and the U.S. Marshals Service assisted the FBI with the investigation.