Key Charge Dropped in Boston Bomb Hoax

Kevin Edson no longer faces 20 years in prison
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2014 11:56 AM CDT
Key Charge Dropped in Boston Bomb Hoax
Kevin Edson is arraigned in Boston Municipal Court, Wednesday, April 16 2014, in Boston. Edson was arrested Tuesday near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings. Edson was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday...   (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Wendy Maeda, Pool)

That "performance artist" accused of a bomb hoax at this year's Boston Marathon is off the hook—at least for the heftiest charge he faced. The charge of making a false bomb threat, which could have landed 25-year-old Kevin Edson in prison for 20 years, has been dropped, CNN reports. That's because, even though he was carrying a rice cooker in a backpack and yelling, Edson did not make an "overt threat that an incendiary device would be detonated," says a district attorney spokesman.

"It would be inappropriate to indict a case that we know we could not prove," the spokesman notes, per Reuters. But "it doesn’t change the allegations at all. The fact pattern is exactly as it was back in April.” Several other charges remain, including possession or use of a hoax device, which could result in five years in prison. (More Boston stories.)

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