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UPDATE: State Police investigate bomb threat at McDowell County prison

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The West Virginia State Police Detachment in Welch is investigating a bomb threat that came in to the Stevens Correctional Facility on Sunday, April 28.  Troopers tell 59News that there is an open and active investigation into the threat.

According to State Police there are person of interest in the case that they are investigating, but there is no one in custody.  If an arrest is made, there are two possible charges that could be leveled against the suspect.  Those include Making a Bomb Threat and Threatening a Terrorist Act.  The second charge is included anytime there is a threat of mass destruction.  Both charges carry a prison sentence of one to three years in prison.  A fine of $100 to $2,000 dollars is attached to the Bomb Threat charge.  A fine of $5,000 to $25,000 comes with the Terrorist Act charge.

Anyone with information about the threat is asked to call the West Virginia State Police Detachment in Welch at 304-436-2101.  People calling with tips can remain anonymous.

Stevens Correctional Facility was on lock down Sunday after a bomb threat was called in around 10 a.m.

McDowell County 911 dispatchers said that McDowell County Sheriff's, West Virginia State Police and Welch Police Department were all on the scene.

The area has been cleared and there was no bomb found inside the building.