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Date: 05-29-2024

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United States of America v. Jacob Edwin Wilson

Case Number: 4:23-cr-00111

Judge: Brian M. Morris

Court: The United States District Court for the District of Montana (Yellowstone County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office in Billings

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Billings, Montana criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with Threats to blow up Dodson school

Threats to blow up Dodson school send man to prison for more than one year

On Aug. 29, 2023, Jacob Edwin Wilson, 40, a transient, called both the Blaine County 911 emergency number and the Dodson school, located near the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, and said he was “about to blow Dodson school up.” Law enforcement responded, and the superintendent and principal evacuated students and staff from the school to a nearby church parking lot. Phillips County Sheriff’s Office first responders, the Malta Fire Department and U.S. Border Patrol responded, set up security around the school and searched the school for an explosive device. No explosive device was found. Wilson called 911 again and asked for someone to give him a ride off the reservation, said he was at an individual’s house and that he needed a ride from anyone except the Fort Belknap police. Officers located Wilson and arrested him.

Defendant admitted making threats to blow up the Dodson school.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey K. Starnes prosecuted the case. The FBI, Fort Belknap Tribal Police, Phillips County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Border Patrol and Malta Fire Department conducted the investigation.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to one year and one month in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release

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