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E-mail Threats Sent to Marion Jones

October 4, 2000

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ The FBI is investigating a college student who allegedly e-mailed death threats to track star Marion Jones during the Olympics.

An 18-year-old man, whose name is being withheld, has been suspended from Fredonia State because of messages sent to Jones, her husband, shot putter C.J. Hunter, and at least one other family member.

A decision on whether to file criminal charges could be made within a few weeks, said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Mehltretter.

``We’ve determined that the threat is not a viable threat, there’s no danger to Ms. Jones,″ the prosecutor said. ``We are doing our routine investigation to determine who sent the threat and their level of culpability.″

Neither Jones nor her representatives could immediately be reached for comment.

Jones became the first woman to win five track medals at one Olympics. The threats were sent after reports surfaced that her husband had used steroids, authorities said.

College spokeswoman Christine Davis Mantai said the school had assisted in the investigation and suspended the student last week.

``The college assisted in tracing the origin of the e-mail,″ said Davis Mantai, who said the mail was sent from a private computer in a dorm room.

All dorms are wired with high-speed Internet access and students automatically receive an e-mail account when they arrive on campus, she said.

The student admitted to being the sender, she said.

Mehltretter said the student could face felony charges of sending threatening messages over interstate wire connections.

The student told the FBI he had no real intent to harm anyone and apologized for what he had done, police said. He faces indefinite suspension until a college judicial board conducts a hearing.

A spokeswoman at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s public affairs office in Colorado Springs, Colo., said she could not comment on the case.

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