Phillip Ray Robison Jr., El Dorado Springs,  is scheduled for trial on Oct. 24, which will be held at the federal courthouse in Springfield. He has been appointed a public defender because he cannot afford to hire an attorney.

On Feb. 23, a federal grand jury inidicted Robison on two counts of making a telephone bomb threat against the Cedar County Courthouse on Jan. 11 and on Jan. 25, both federal crimes,  Class C felonies.

Robison is in state custody until the trial. He was sentenced in 2015 to 10 years in state prison for distributing/manufacturing a controlled substance. The Cedar County judge suspended his sentence and gave him five years of probation, so he was on state probation at the time of the federal offense. That probation has been revoked.

At the top of the indictment, the statutory maximum penalty for each of the two counts is not more than (NMT) 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine of not more than (NMT) $250,000. After he is released from incarceration, he is subject to supervised release of not more than three years.