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Olympic Terrorist Hoax Gets Man Three Years in Prison

Olympic Terrorist Hoax Gets Man Three Years in Prison

Posted - Apr. 21, 2003 at 4:37 p.m.



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(Houston-AP) -- 21-year-old Travis Wright has been sentenced to three years in prison for a terrorist hoax concerning a plot to attack the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Wright, of Houston, was sentenced today by U-S District Judge Vanessa Gilmore and ordered to pay 52-hundred dollars in fines.

Wright told the FBI in Houston he had intercepted e-mails between two terrorists plotting a missile attack during the opening ceremonies on February eighth, 2002. The e-mails supposedly detailed plans to attack Salt Lake City with missiles launched from northern Russia.

He later confessed to making up the story during questioning, telling agents that stress led him to tell his tale and that he had fabricated the e-mails.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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