Prison For Man Who Threatened to Blow Up River Park Apartments
Thomas Yela will spend more than a year in prison for making the threats to blow up apartment buildings and the Shorewood courthouse, plus a Milwaukee bridge.
The Milwaukee man who threatened to blow up the Shorewood Courthouse, a Shorewood apartment building and a bridge in Milwaukee will spend about 13 months in prison.
Thomas Yela, 50, pleaded guilty in December to one count of making a bomb scare. According to online court records, his full sentence is 18 months in prison, plus two years extended supervision, but he will likely serve less time in prison, as he is being given credit for the roughly five months he has spent in jail since his arrest on these charges. He must also pay $3,674.75 to the River Park Apartments.
Yela's Aug. 27 threat prompted police to evacuate Village Hall and about 600 residents of the River Park Apartments in Shorewood.
Yela told someone on an intervention hotline that he strapped bombs to two River Park apartment buildings and planned to blow up the bridge and village courthouse.
His name came up on the caller ID when he made the calls, and police spotted him sitting on his bicycle outside the scene at the River Park Apartments; he was arrested.