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Man admits bomb threat to gay Portland residents

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Portland man who threatened to bomb an apartment complex housing people with HIV or AIDS admitted his guilt just before his trial was scheduled to begin, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said.

Scott Wayne Smith was charged with one count of intimidation for using a homophobic slur against two residents of Hopewell Apartments, an apartment building in Southwest Portland that is a residence for “individuals living with HIV or AIDS.”

Smith also threatened to “kill all you people.” 

The resident who called police on August 13, 2018 said Smith had been harassing him and other gay residents of Hopewell Apartments over a period of weeks.

In court, Smith’s attorney challenged a charging document, but that was denied. Shortly before a jury was to be picked, Smith changed his plea.

He was given credit for 21 days of jail already served, then sentenced to 2 years probation with court-imposed conditions: no contact with the victims or the apartment complex; prepare an apology letter; 40 hours of community service. 

If his probation officer orders, Smith will also have GPS monitoring, drug-alcohol evaluations and treatment and take anger management classes. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said the victim in this case supported this resolution.

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