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Former SUNY Buffalo State student pleads guilty to making telephoned threats

A former SUNY Buffalo State student who made threats to police officers, faculty and staffers pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges in in U.S. District Court.

Benjamin Bolton, 32, of Glendale, Colo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to transmitting interstate communications containing threats to injure the person of another. When sentenced Dec. 19, he could face up to five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque said Bolton, a graduate student, in April 2014 was suspended as the result of incidents at the school, including disputes with faculty members. Between June 2015 and Aug. 5, 2015, he made telephone threats to assault faculty, staffers and officers of the college police force, identifying them by name, Lamarque said.

The FBI and Buffalo State University Police Department investigated.