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Lamar graduate student pleads guilty to threatening graduation

Daniel Ogwok Siringi, 34, of Beaumont, pleaded guilty to transmitting threatening communications before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin on Friday.

According to information presented in court, on Dec. 11, 2008, Siringi sent an e-mail to the President of Lamar University threatening to harm and injure individuals of Lamar University by means of a “Virginia case” type of assault if Lamar University did not allow students who had received notice they would not graduate, to graduate.

Siringi was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 8, 2009.

Siringi faces up to five years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lamar University Police Department, the Beaumont Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Lab, the Port Arthur Police Department, the City of Orange Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randy L. Fluke and Brit Featherston.