Jeffrey Thomas-Reddin, 51, was sentenced to 13 months in prison Friday in Ford County District Court but will serve a suspended sentence of 24-months probation.
Jeffrey Thomas-Reddin, 51, was sentenced to 13 months in prison Friday in Ford County District Court but will serve a suspended sentence of 24-months probation. Thomas-Reddin was sentenced on a charge of attempted aggravated criminal threat Aug. 25 in connection with an incident that resulted in the evacuation of Dodge City Public Library. Library staff and about 10 patrons were removed from the facility at 1001 Second Avenue after Thomas-Reddin was overheard talking on the pay phone in the lobby. According to witnesses, he made reference to an explosive device that would go off in 15 minutes. Local law enforcement officials sent for a K9 bomb unit out of Great Bend to do an exterior and interior sweep of the building. Following the sweep, the Kansas Highway Patrol Bomb unit examined a small backpack in Thomas-Reddin's possession which was determined to not contain hazardous devices. The investigation concluded the same day. "I'm just glad it didn't happen after school when a lot of school children would have been in the library," said Cathy Reeves, director of the library following the scare. The library resumed regular business hours the next morning. Dodge City Police responded to several calls earlier in the week involving Thomas-Reddin, according to Police Chief Craig Mellecker. Mellecker said one call was for an incident near Daylight Donuts. He described the incidents as nothing significant. Thomas-Reddin had a Colorado ID and Mellecker said he was unsure why he was in Dodge City.