Man Sentenced to 9 Years Prison in Philadelphia Airport Bomb Scare

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A mentally ill man who admitted leaving a package intended to look like a bomb at Philadelphia International Airport was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison.

Preston Lit, 56, will be on supervised release for five years after his prison term, U.S. District Judge Jan E. DuBois ordered.

Lit pleaded guilty in May to charges of arson and threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction.

He admitted he planted a fake bomb at the airport on Feb. 18, 2004, and started a fire in a hotel room in Mifflintown, Pa., a few days later.

Lit probably will be imprisoned at a federal facility where he can receive psychiatric treatment, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Beam Winter said.

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