Man pleads guilty to making bomb threats at CIA


Antoine Lowery, age 30, of Washington, DC, pled guilty Friday in Alexandria Federal Court to making  bomb threats outside the CIA headquarters compound in McLean. 

Chuck Rosenberg, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge James Cacheris.

Lowery was indicted on April 24 by a federal grand jury on charges of making threat to bomb, threatening to assault a federal law enforcement officer, and engaging in unauthorized use of a vehicle. 

Sentencing has been set for August 8. Lowery faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. 

Lowery admitted to using a pickup truck with a snowplow attached to ram a gate outside of the CIA headquarters compound on February 22. 

Officers with the CIA Security Protective Service immediately surrounded Lowery and ordered him from the vehicle.  Lowery on more than three occasions over the course of at least five minutes that “the truck is going to blow up'” and “I have a bomb,” and other phrases to that effect, knowing the statements to be false.  He also counted down from five to zero several times.  After Lowery was taken into custody, CIA canine and explosive ordinance units inspected the vehicle and declared the scene safe.