Man apologizes to Salt Lake City Marathon for alleged 'bomb' threat

Published April 30, 2013 6:48 pm
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A 59-year-old Salt Lake City man facing criminal charges for allegedly emailing a bomb threat to Salt Lake City Marathon organizers has now sent the organizers a letter of apology.

George Hodgson Zinn is charged in 3rd District Court with threat of terrorism.

According to court documents, Zinn on April 17 emailed the marketing director for the Salt Lake City Marathon, asking: "I was wondering if you needed anybody to help place bombs near the finish line on Saturday???"

But in an April 29 email, which also was sent to The Salt Lake Tribune, Zinn apologized and called the initial email a "flippant and irresponsible comment," which he now says he regrets.

"When the nation is so vulnerable and so edgy, it was entirely out of line to forward that comment to you," Zinn writes, referring to the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings. "I want you to be assured that I have no terrorist or criminal tendencies toward your program or toward the citizens of Salt Lake City in any way."



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