Man Gets 25 Years for Hijacking Bus, Threatening to Blow Up Casino

David Kilkeary used a pellet gun and fake explosives to take several hostages

Saturday, Mar 6, 2010  |  Updated 8:30 AM EDT
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Man Gets 25 Years for Hijacking Bus, Threatening to Blow Up Casino

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A Maryland man who hijacked a shuttle bus in 2007 and threatened to blow up a New Jersey casino unless he was paid $3 million has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

David B. Kilkeary of Crofton, Md., was sentenced Friday in federal court in Trenton.

The 39-year-old Kilkeary pleaded guilty in August, admitting he caused an overnight standoff with police outside the Showboat Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City in November 2007.

Kilkeary used a pellet gun and fake explosives to take several hostages and keep 100 police officers at bay for six hours before surrendering.

About 2,000 patrons were evacuated from the Showboat because of the bomb threat. 
 

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