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BOISE -- A man who admitted making bomb threats and threats to shoot his fellow employees at the Maximus call center in Boise was released from jail Tuesday night on his own recognizance.

Michael Scott Fox, 52, was arrested in February, several months after a threatening note sparked a heavy police response and the evacuation of 1,600 people on the Hewlett-Packard campus.

Prosecutors say Fox left the note in the men's bathroom at Maximus, the call center which handles Affordable Care Act questions. The note said he had planted a bomb in the campus and was going to shoot employees.

A few weeks later, a second threat against Maximus was posted online. Fox was fired from the company after confessing his role during a police interview.

He was charged with two felony counts of making a false report of explosives in public. Fox pleaded guilty to one of those felonies July 15, and the second charge was dropped.

But a judge ruled Fox does not have to wait out the remaining time until his Sept. 16 sentencing behind bars, and he walked out of the Ada County Jail Tuesday night without being required to post a bond. That's a departure from a judge's ruling at Fox's arraignment, when bond was set at $75,000.

Defense attorney David Leroy said the judge opted to let Fox out because the defendant has no criminal record, and has spent the last several months in a cell. The prosecutor assigned to the case did not immediately return a call for comment.

Fox could face up to five years in prison at his sentencing.

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