A Cleveland man was sentenced to nearly five years in prison Thursday for harassment and threats toward a former girlfriend and her family that culminated with him threatening to “blow up” Stow-Munroe Falls High School.
A Summit County Common Pleas Court jury found Spirlin Edwards, 27, guilty of several charges in January, including the threat that lead to an evacuation of the high school.
Judge Todd McKenney sentenced Edwards to four years and 11 months. He faced up to 10 years in prison. McKenney sentenced him to four years for inducing panic and 11 months for telecommunications harassment, with the terms to be served consecutively.
Prosecutors say Edwards became violent with his ex-girlfriend in January 2015, grabbing and shoving her to the ground. The following week, four tires on the victim’s car were slashed.
The ex-girlfriend and her family began receiving threatening text messages and emails, which were eventually traced to Edwards. The text messages included a threat to kill the woman and her family and burn down their house, according to a news release from the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.
Edwards called in a bomb threat to the high school May 8, prompting the evacuation of 2,000 students, teachers and staff. Phone records showed the call came from Edwards’ mother’s house, where he lived at the time, according to the prosecutor’s news release.