Guilty plea entered, 2-year sentence handed down for Port Angeles man in Clallam County Courthouse bomb threat

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

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PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man has been sentenced to more than 2 years in prison after pleading guilty to his role in a bomb threat that cleared the Clallam County Courthouse and Armory Square Mall for about two hours March 28.

Anthony James Deason, 43, was listed on the roster of the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton on Wednesday.

He was sentenced to 32.25 months in prison after he entered a guilty plea in Clallam County Superior Court on May 29 to one count of solicitation of threats to bomb or injure property.

Restitution that Deason also must pay, connected with costs incurred from the courthouse closure, will be determined at a July 18 hearing, according to court records.

Police say Deason told Steven Alan Fortman Sr., 49, to call in the bomb threats because Deason wanted to avoid a court date.

Fortman allegedly called 9-1-1 at about 2 p.m. March 28 to report that bombs were set to go off at the courthouse and Armory Square Mall, police said.

Police said Deason gave Fortman money to buy the cellphone Fortman allegedly used to call in the threats.

Both buildings were evacuated, and no bombs were found.

Police arrested Fortman on March 29 and Deason on April 1.

A jury trial for Fortman, who remained in the Clallam County jail Wednesday on $250,000 bond, has been set for July 7.

Fortman has been charged with and pleaded not guilty to two counts of threats to bomb or injure property and one count each of possession of methadone and possession of methamphetamine.

According to police accounts, Deason after his arrest initially denied any knowledge of the threat but eventually told them he asked Fortman to do it.

Deason told police he did not think Fortman would actually make the call, adding that he jokingly told Fortman it would be “fun” to call and make a bomb threat.


Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at

Last modified: June 11. 2014 7:56PM
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