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MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -
A Colquitt County man is going to prison for calling in a bomb threat closed every school in Colquitt County.
Pure chaos: That's how many folks described the chain of events that disrupted the Colquitt County School System August 23rd when a man called 911 reporting he planted a bomb in one of the schools.
26-year-old Xavier Sims of Doerun was behind those calls and pleaded guilty earlier this year.
WALB obtained audio of the 911 calls from the Colquitt County District Attorney's Office.
Below is a transcript of some of the conversation between Sims and a 911 dispatcher.
Sims: Y'all got 13 schools in the district, right? Well I want Dave Underwood to investigate this one because I put a bomb in one.
Operator: You put a bomb in a school?
Operator: You put a bomb in what school?
Sims: Well he's got up until to 3:45 to figure it out.
"We followed protocol and dispatched appropriate agencies and notified them by telephone, not by radio," said Colquitt County 911 Director Teresa Warburg.
Warburg remembers the day well. The threat forced an evacuation on 8,700 students from 14 Colquitt County schools. All this while operators tried to locate where the threats were coming from.
"He got angry and called us back and we were able to pinpoint his location by the 911 calls he was calling in," said Warburg.
The callers voice was identified as that of Xavier Sims. He told an operator he was upset with a Moultrie Police detective over an arrest that landed him in prison.
Sims told the dispatcher, "He ticked me off a few years back and I went did some time and got out and I want a little revenge."
During a series of phone calls, in which he identified himself by a different name, Sims also stated he planted the bomb in a school about 4:15 that morning, but wouldn't say which one.
He did make a some chilling claims though.
Sims: I got it set for 1:15.
Operator: So you got it set for 1:15 to go off
Operator: Will you tell me what type of bomb it is?
Sims: Just look for a black box
Sims: Who knows? It could be in a kid's bookbag.
Operator: It could be in a kid's bookbag?
Sims: Who knows?
Bomb sniffing dogs were called in from Valdosta Police and Moody Airforce Base. No explosives were found, but technology led police right to Sims.
"They were able to pinpoint where he was calling from based on phase 2 protocol," said Warburg.
Sims was located and arrested the same day of the threat.
It was a phone call that caused much disruption and one that would earn him more than 2 years in federal prison.
A judge sentenced him Monday to serve 30 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.
According to the Georgia Department of Correction, Sims served less than a year in prison on forgery and theft convictions and was released in 2009.
He pleaded guilty to the recent charges of phoning in a bomb threat and could have faced a maximum of 10 years in federal prison.