No jail time for James Gaines, man who caused SAU lockdown

No jail time for James Gaines, man who caused SAU lockdown

March 6th, 2014 by Tim Omarzu in Local - Breaking News

James Gaines walks away from the bench after appearing in Judge David Bales' courtroom this morning for a preliminary hearing. At left is Executive Assistant District Attorney Neal Pinkston, while defense attorney Lee Davis is seen at right.

James Gaines walks away from the bench after...

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

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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.