Belding man gets jail sentence for party store bomb threat


By Daily News • Last Updated 9:57 am on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Gerald Williamson

IONIA —A Belding man was sentenced to six months in jail after calling in a bomb threat to the Belding Party Store last summer.

Gerald Williamson, 25, was arraigned Aug. 9 in 64A District County in Ionia and charged with false report of a threat of a bomb or harmful device, a felony charge.

Williamson pleaded no contest. A no contest plea is not a guilty plea, but is treated like a guilty plea by the court.

On Oct. 16, he was sen- tenced in 8th Circuit Court in Ionia to six months in the Ionia County Jail with 23 days served. He also received 48 months of probation and was ordered to pay $1,248 in costs and fines.

At about 7:05 p.m. Aug. 1, Belding police officers responded to Belding Party Store located at 304 N. Bridge St. after an alleged bomb threat.

Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson said after officers investigated the situation, they developed a suspect about two hours after the incident.

Officers were assisted by the Ionia County Sheriff ’s Department, Michigan State Police and the Rockford City Police. A bomb K-9 was also brought in to assist at the scene.

After presenting evidence to Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office, Nelson said a warrant was issued for Williamson, who was currently being held at the Ionia County Jail for an unrelated crime.

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