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Sentencing postponed for Kona man who made fake airline threat

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:17 p.m. HST, Dec 2, 2013

Sentencing has been postponed for a Hawaii man who pleaded guilty to making a hoax call to the FBI when he falsely reported a possible hijacker was aboard an airplane.

The new sentencing date for Timothy David Hershman of Kona is Jan. 23 in federal court in Honolulu.

He pleaded guilty to calling the FBI on Jan. 17 saying another man was going to hijack an Alaska Airlines flight.

Authorities determined the other man was aboard an Alaska Airlines flight from Kona to Seattle. Two Oregon National Guard fighter jets escorted the flight.

Authorities decided the call was a hoax after questioning the other man for nearly two hours.

Prosecutors say Hershman confessed to making the call because the man had allegedly placed fish guts in his truck.

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