Former Buffalo State student admits to threatening school staff, police officers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A former Buffalo State College graduate student is facing up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine after admitting to threatening a number of people.

Prosecutors say Colorado resident Benjamin Bolton, 32, entered the school as a student in Fall of 2013. He was kicked out in April 2014 after a number of disputes with faculty members and other incidents.

In the Summer of 2015, prosecutors say Bolton made a number of calls to Buffalo State employees, including school police officers. During the calls, which went on for months, Bolton threatened to assault faculty, staff and officers he identified by name.

Bolton will be sentenced on December 19. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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