A 24-year-old man who was housed at a privately run state prison has been indicted on federal charges of making bomb threats to multiple federal and state agencies, including the Florida secretary of state, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida said Thursday.
“There is very much explosive material in your building, which we have intently, strategically, and jointly placed inside your offices and surrounding offices … Your terror, as I imagine, is well deserved,” the prisoner, Noah Stirn, is accused of writing in a May 14 letter to Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee.
Federal prosecutors allege Stirn, who was housed at the time at Blackwater River Correctional Facility, sent threatening letters in April and May.
“Stirn mailed multiple letters to federal and state agencies that threatened the use of explosive devices to harm those in the local buildings,” prosecutors alleged.
The indictment also alleged the attacks were “for the cause of the Islamic State,” as noted in one of the letters.
Stirn will be arraigned Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Hope T. Cannon. Stirn was sentenced to prison in June 2017 for crimes in Collier County and has a planned release date of August 2024, according to information on the Florida Department of Corrections website.
The website said he has been moved out of custody of the Department of Corrections “by court order,” though it did not say where he was moved.
Source: The News Service of Florida