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CUMBERLAND â€” A local man was found guilty Tuesday of threatening to bomb the facilities of a company based in Wallingford, Conn.
A federal jury in Hartford found Shaneel Jain, 56, of Cumberland, guilty of threatening to bomb Z-Medica Corporation, a company that produces QuickClot, a medical agent that rapidly stops bleeding outside the surgical setting. QuickClot is used by the United States military and the militaries of some allied countries.
The trial before United States District Court Judge Robert N. Chatigny began on July 16 and the jury returned its verdict Tuesday, according to David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
According to the evidence presented during the trial, on April 23, 2010, Jain made a series of telephone calls from India to Z-Medica. At the time, Jain was engaged in a civil lawsuit with Z-Medica based on their prior business relationship. During these phone calls, Jain threatened to bomb Z-Medica within 24 hours. He also said that he was a terrorist who had done this before and that American law "couldn't touch" him.
As a result of the threat, the FBI, the Wallingford Police Department and the Connecticut State Police conducted searches of Z-Medica's facilities. Z-Medica also cancelled shifts, which resulted in an order for QuickClot being delayed. The company also utilized private security for several weeks.
No bomb or other explosive was ever found at Z-Medica, Fein said.
Jain was convicted of one count of making a bomb threat and one count of false information and hoaxes. Judge Chatigny has scheduled sentencing for Oct. 16, 2012, at which time Jain faces a maximum term of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.