Youth gets probation in BWI bomb threat ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

February 24, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

The youth whose bomb threat caused part of BWI Airport to be shut down Jan. 27 was in a drug-induced haze that relatives say may have been prompted by childhood memories, including that of his father killing his mother in a jealous rage six years ago.

The 17-year-old Arizona youth was found delinquent by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Master Erica J. Wolff yesterday of making a false statement, assault and battery and resisting arrest. On Jan. 27, the teen-ager punched out an airline supervisor and told authorities he had planted a bomb on a Boeing 737 about to take off for Charlotte, N.C.

The boy was arrested after a scuffle with state police. The bomb threat prompted airport authorities to tow the 737 to another part of the terminal and sweep it for bombs, delaying the flight for two hours. No bomb was found.

Master Wolff sentenced the youth to an indefinite term of probation, after reading a Juvenile Services Administration report detailing his troubled past.

"This report indicates that you got a pretty raw deal growing up," she told him. "What would've been best is that if your father hadn't done what he did, but I can't change that."

The youth's maternal grandfather, who was in the court yesterday, said the youth's father shot and killed his 28-year-old mother and another woman Aug. 7, 1987, while stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army.

The father shot two other U.S. citizens and fled into the woods in Northern Bavaria near the U.S. military barracks in Bamberg, according to police reports.

The father, who was found two days later after a massive manhunt using police helicopters, is currently serving a life sentence in Fort Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary.

Until the incident at BWI, the grandfather said, the youth had been a good student and participated in interscholastic sports and other activities at his high school in Phoenix, where he has lived since his mother's death.

"I think it's peer pressure at work," he said. "I just hope he's scared enough now to do the right thing."

Assistant State's Attorney William Mulford said the youth had been living in Phoenix with an aunt. The day before the incident, the aunt found him lying in her front yard, passed out after a seven-day binge on amphetamines, and sent him to live with his grandfather.

Just before the sentence was pronounced, the youth apologized and claimed that his weeklong bout with amphetamines had taught him to stay away from drugs forever. "When I did OD, it really did scare me to a point where I'd never do it again," he said.

But the lack of incarceration angered USAir Customer Service Supervisor Stephen Ware, who said he has no feeling on the left side of his face and has lost work as a result of being struck by the youth.

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