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Carthage man sentenced for bomb threat made to thwart traffic stop

A 44-year-old Carthage man has admitted to calling in a bomb threat to Webb City High School last November in an effort to get out of a traffic stop.

Robert Ritter pleaded guilty to making a false bomb threat. His plea deal dismissed a felony count of making a terrorist threat and misdemeanor hindering prosecution.

He was given a four-year suspended sentence and placed on five years of supervised probation.

Ritter was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for having expired plates that did not match the vehicle.

Ritter called in the bomb threat to try and get a Jasper County Deputy to leave the traffic stop and report to the high school.

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