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Mt. Vernon man charged in terrorist threat case pleads to lesser felony

April 29, 2017

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 41-year-old Mt. Vernon man pleaded guilty Friday to a reduced charge of making a false terrorist threat on social media.

Travis Burgess was arrested in January on a warrant charging him with Class 1 felony making a false terroristic threat. Burgess filed an open plea of guilty Friday to a Class 4 felony disorderly conduct.

He had rejected an agreement last month that would have required him to file an open plea, which does not provide a set sentencing. He would have been placed on home confinement, ordered to undergo counseling, prohibited from using social media, visiting a school or movie theater, and using or possessing firearms.

At that time, however, Burgess indicated that he did not believe that he made a threat and had reservations about pleading guilty. He also indicated a resistance to the use of medications recommended in his counseling treatment.

Friday’s plea agreement also does not carry an agreed upon sentence but has similar stipulations as in the previous offer. He will not be allowed to own a firearm and his FOID card has been canceled. Burgess remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

Burgess was advised of the possible penalties for the charge and a pre-sentencing investigation was ordered. Sentencing on the reduced charge is scheduled for June 2.

According to reports, Burgess made numerous false public statements on social media which created the impression that various terrorist acts were about to be committed.

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