CLEARFIELD – A Morrisdale man who left a suspicious package at a downtown Clearfield office causing a major shutdown in June was sentenced Friday during plea and sentencing court.
Police say a military-style crate was left outside the office of an attorney on East Market Street at 7:27 a.m. on June 8.
Because there was no note with it, officials were concerned it could hold an explosive device or some other dangerous materials.
The Clearfield County Courthouse and Dimeling Senior Residences were evacuated along with other businesses in that area and the streets were shut down, according to previous reports.
The Clearfield County Sherriff’s Department, the Clearfield Borough Police, fire police and PennDOT were involved with the attempt to clear the streets and divert people around the scene.
While two bomb squads were on the way, Tyler Daniel Thompson, 26, called into county dispatch to admit he had left the box, which contained items for his ex-wife’s attorney. This was later confirmed by bomb squads from Penn State University and state police.
Along with personal photographs, the box held a note for the attorney saying this was the “last piece of good faith that would be shown.”
Later police learned that Thompson had posted a video to Facebook in which he commented that his “divorce was not theatrical enough.”
Friday Thompson pleaded guilty to serious public inconvenience, a felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Judge Paul Cherry sentenced him to five months to one year in jail with three years consecutive probation
His probation on a previous misdemeanor stalking charge from 2019 was also revoked and for this he was given a term of 90 days to one year in jail with one year probation. This will run consecutive to his other sentence, according to information supplied by the probation office.