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Man who made threats to Palm Beach County schools may have sent threat to lawyer's office

New investigation underway for Preston McWaters
Posted at 9:43 AM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 12:28:22-04

The man who pleaded guilty to making hoax bomb threats against Palm Beach County schools and businesses may have made more threats from jail.

In federal court Wednesday morning, prosecutors announced they’re investigating whether Preston McWaters sent a threatening letter to the federal public defender’s office and addressed one to the probation office.

Prosecutors presented the judge with a letter dated September 14 received by the public defender’s office.

Investigators said they believe McWaters also wrote a letter to the probation office, but they found it before it left the Broward County Jail, where McWaters is being held.

No specific details of the letters were discussed in court. 

Because there is now an open investigation into the threat made against the public defender’s office, the office asked the judge to appoint a new lawyer to McWaters’s case. The judge granted that request.

Authorities have not yet charged McWaters with anything related to the latest investigation.

McWaters is now set to be sentenced on previous charges on October 28. The Georgia man pleaded guilty to six counts related to threats against locations in Palm Beach County.  

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