Former Steamboat Ski Area employee pleads guilty to bomb threat
March 10, 2011
Steamboat Springs — As part of a plea deal, a 25-year-old former Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. employee pleaded guilty Thursday to two charges related to a bomb threat he sent the ski area in January.
Patrick Steven Jackson, who now lives in Tehachapi, Calif., appeared Thursday before District Court Judge Shelley Hill. He was represented by Steamboat Springs lawyer Larry Combs.
Jackson pleaded guilty to false reporting of explosives and false reporting to authorities and will avoid further jail time. He received a deferred judgment and sentence, meaning the charges can be dismissed after two years if Jackson follows all the stipulations of the deal. As part of the deal, Jackson agreed to not commit any criminal offenses, to undergo supervised probation, to undergo substance abuse evaluations, to complete 96 hours of community service, to make a $200 charitable contribution to Routt County Search and Rescue, and to write a letter of apology to Ski Corp.
Jackson also agreed to a permanent restraining order prohibiting him from being on Ski Corp. property.
Jackson will pay about $5,700 in restitution. That will help cover the ski area's attorney's fees related to the case, as well as added security and inspections the ski area put in place once the threat was received.
Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins has said that Jackson sent an electronic message on about Jan. 15 to Ski Corp. in which it was implied that there were explosives on a ski lift.
The ski area increased security, and Sheriff's Office Investigator Mike Curzon learned that the e-mail originated from California. The Federal Bureau of Investigation got involved, and Jackson eventually was contacted, Wiggins said.
A warrant was issued for Jackson's arrest, and he was booked into Routt County Jail on March 1.
"He never had any malicious intent," Combs said after Thursday's hearing.