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NEWPORT NEWS-- A Newport News man who pleaded guilty to making bomb threats was senteced to 20 years in prison in Circuit Court Tuesday.

Devon Tyrell Slaughter, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of 'threats to bomb,' a Class 5 felony. He was sentenced to 10 years on each count, with all but eight months suspended.

In addition, Slaughter was ordered to pay restitution to each of the public safety agencies that responded to the threat.

Authorities say Slaughter called in a bomb threat to Newport News Courts in February so he wouldn't have to show up for sentencing.

The call forced the evacuation of the three city courthouses so authorities could check the buildings.

The sheriff's office says Slaughter made the call from a payphone outside a convenience store on Marshall Avenue.

He was trying to delay his sentencing hearing on a malicious wounding conviction, officials said.

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