Baytown man pleads guilty to making bomb threats to White House, FBI and others

Joshua Guadalupe Magana, 37, admitted that he made multiple bomb threats the course of several years.

baytown man pleads guilty to making bomb threats to white house, fbi and others
baytown man pleads guilty to making bomb threats to white house, fbi and others
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BAYTOWN, Texas — A Baytown man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with multiple bomb threats to the White House, the FBI and others.

Joshua Guadalupe Magana was arrested and charged with three counts of sending threatening communications through interstate commerce, U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani announced Monday.

Magana, 37, admitted to sending the bomb threats over several years.

The feds said he'd been warned by law enforcement that making such threats is a crime and could send him to prison but he ignored the warnings.

One of the calls to the FBI was made on June 4, 2019.

“There is a bomb. I’m going to blow up the White House,” Magana stated and then hung up. He confessed to making the call and claimed he picked the White House because it was the most important building he could think of and wanted a “big, serious” response.

Magana contacted the White House directly on Dec. 15, 2021. He sent an email with the subject line reading “Contact the President” and a message stating “Bomb the White House.”

On Feb. 27, 2022, Magana contacted the White House again and sent a similar threatening email.

“We take all threats seriously,” Hamdani said. “People cannot convey their political or social disagreements through threats or violence.”

Magana could get up to five years in federal prison when he's sentenced in October.

The Secret Service and FBI conducted the investigation.

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