Bomb threat defendant pleads out

WINCHESTER — A Strasburg man charged with threatening to bomb the George Washington Hotel in Winchester has entered two pleas of guilt in Winchester Circuit Court.

Steven Allen Hammond, 60, of 1365 Funk St., was sentenced Tuesday to serve five years in jail, all suspended, and three years of supervised probation.

As an additional rule of his plea deal, he must also continue the course of his mental health treatment.

Hammond’s charges trace back to an incident on April 2, when staff at the George Washington Hotel had to evacuate the building after Hammond called in a bomb threat from a phone inside the hotel, court documents state. He then activated a fire alarm in the building before fleeing.

The accused went on to threaten both President Donald Trump (though he was only a candidate at the time) and the White House, according to Hammond’s criminal complaint.

He was ultimately charged with threatening to bomb a building and activating a fire alarm without cause.

Authorities arrested Hammond in connection with the charges May 2, and a grand jury indicted him on the charges Sept. 20.

The bomb threat charge carried a maximum sentence of 10 years; the alarm charge carries a maximum sentence of 12 months.

Hammond also owes the hotel $1,549 in restitution.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com