ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A man who threatened a mass murder at an Elkhart theater he was evicted from has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison.
An Elkhart County judge sentenced 56-year-old Thomas Townsend on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to intimidation.
Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill says Townsend called an employee of the Lerner Theater and left a voicemail during the weekend of Aug. 29-30 threatening a mass murder during a concert at the venue. Police traced the number to Townsend.
Hill says police officers working an Aug. 29 concert at the theater evicted Townsend from a concert after a patron reported that a man was being disruptive and threatening physical aggression.
Hill says prosecutors dropped a public intoxication charge against Townsend in exchange for his plea.