James Gaines won't serve any time for causing a Jan. 23 lockdown on the campus of Southern Adventist University after he joked that he might have to "strap a bomb on me" and "put a gun to their head" to get the transcript he needed from Southern.
Gaines faced a charge of making false reports, which can carry a three-year prison sentence. But at a hearing at 9 a.m. today before Hamilton County Superior Court Judge David Bales, Gaines agreed to continue counseling he already has begun, perform eight hours of community service and issue a letter of apology.
Gaines' attorney, Lee Davis, gave the judge the letter of apology in which Gaines apologized for his "flippant" comments that were meant as a joke.
Gaines will have a hearing in 90 days to make sure he's satisfied the requirements.