Arias Bomb Threat: 18-Year-Old Laquint Cherry Arrested; Death Penalty Sentencing Postponed Until May 15

By Staff Reporter on May 10, 2013 1:21 PM EDT

Jodi Arias
Jodi Arias reacts as a guilty verdict is read in her first-degree murder trial in Phoenix. (Photo: Reuters)

An Arias bomb threat targeting the Maricopa County courthouse caused the postponement of Thursday's Jodi Arias sentencing.

According to Softpedia, 18-year-old Laquint Cherry tweeted the following bomb threat message:

"Planted some IEDs in the #jodi arias Superior Court room in Phoenix Arizona tomorrow I'll become a HERO and also shot by pigs once I unload."

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Responding to the threat, the Sheriff's office spokesman Joaquin Enriquez eventually confirmed that no explosive device was found at the court.

According to Inquisitr, the authorities were able to use social networking tools to trace Laquint Cherry's Twitter activity to a hotel in west Phoenix. 18-year-old Laquint H. Cherry was staying at the hotel with a female identified as his girlfriend.

NBC News station reported on the ordeal:

"Cherry resisted officers' attempts to persuade him to surrender from his room in a hotel near Interstate 10 in Phoenix for several hours, all the while tweeting 'threatening messages about not being taken alive' and warning that he would 'kill the cops surrounding him'."

Thankfully, the police were able to arrest Laquint Cherry without incident.

Laquint Cherry was arrested on felony charges related to acts of terrorism. Sheriff's office spokesperson Joaquin Enriquez insisted that the postponement of the sentencing is not related to the Arias bomb threat. Future awareness of similar threats has been heightened as well.

Jodi Arias was convicted for the first-degree murder of ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander on Monday. Alexander was killed at his Arizona home in June 2008. Alexander's body was found with a bullet in the head, nearly 30 stab wounds, and a throat slashed from ear to ear.

Facing a possible death penalty, Jodi Arias expressed her wish to die to gain ultimate freedom.

"I said years ago I'd rather get death than life and that still is true today. I believe death is the ultimate freedom, so I'd rather just have my freedom as soon as I can get it," she said.

Arias is placed on suicide watch and moved to a psychiatric unit as she awaits sentencing.

The sentence proceedings will be postponed until Wednesday, May 15, at 10 a.m.

Be sure to stay tuned in the days ahead and find out how you can watch the sentencing live on Wednesday.

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