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Man who threatened LDS official gets prison parole date

UTAH STATE PRISON -- Parole board officials have agreed that Cody Judy has done his time for threatening a church leader with a bogus bomb six years ago.

In a decision released Tuesday, the state Board of Pardons and Parole granted Judy, 33, a release date of Aug. 3, 1999."We are very happy," said Judy's mother, Ali Judy. "We are overjoyed."

Cody Judy pleaded for release in February at a hearing before the board, citing completion of mental health counseling and his progress in college courses.

Back in 1993, Cody Judy stormed an LDS Church fireside at the BYU Marriott Center in Provo. In front of 17,000 people, Cody Judy held up a briefcase he said held a bomb and threatened President Howard Hunter, then president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve.

Cody Judy wanted the leader to read a three-page letter proclaiming him as prophet of the church. Instead, the former student body president at Box Elder High School was subdued by audience members.

He subsequently wound up in prison serving up to 15 years on the charge of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony.

Ali Judy is glad all that is behind the family.

"He has come out of the depths of hell and recovered. He is the sweet spirit we all remember and love. He is just like the Cody I raised."