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Man gets prison time for threat that led to mall closure

Christopher Hawkins (Photo courtesy of Hennepin County Sheriff's Office)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- The man whose actions led to the closure of the Fox River Mall was sentenced Friday to 13 months in prison.

Christopher Hawkins previously pleaded no contest to making a terrorist threat.

He was also placed on extended supervision for two years, and sentenced to 30 days in jail after the prison term is done for disorderly conduct, according to court records.

In December 2016, Hawkins got into an argument with a woman in downtown Appleton on Dec. 27, 2016. Hawkins left the parking garage he called his girlfriend saying he was going to come back here, shoot up the hotel, shoot her, then shoot himself. A few minutes later, Hawkins called his girlfriend, saying he was headed to "the mall" -- which she interpreted as being the Fox River Mall -- to shoot people. She called police, and the mall was evacuated. Police could not determine if Hawkins ever actually went to the mall, however, according to police and the criminal complaint.

Hawkins was also ordered not to have any contact with Fox River Mall.

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