A Bryan man was found guilty last week for making bomb threats at Texas State last fall.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in the southern district of Texas secured convictions on three counts against Dereon Kelley, 22, of using the Internet to convey false bomb threats against the university. The attorney’s office said Kelley used his cell phone to hack into the email account of Brittany Henderson, a former Texas State student who now is his former girlfriend. Once Kelley hacked into Henderson’s account, he sent three emails threatening to bomb the university’s admissions office, according to a federal complaint.
Kelley faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced in May.
Texas State police (UPD) originally arrested Henderson five days after the Oct. 18 threat against the university and she spent more than a month in jail, even though the FBI announced two days after her arrest that it had arrested Kelley for the crime. The federal complaint against Kelley said he hacked into Henderson’s email with his cell phone and sent the threats to Texas State and, a day later, to Texas A&M. The complaint adds that Kelley sent Henderson a series of texts around the time of the threat apologizing and begging her to contact him.
The Hays County district attorney dropped the charges against Henderson last month, at which time, according to the Austin American-Statesman, Texas State police maintained that “all the evidence is pointing towards her,” as the paper quoted UPD operations captain Daniel Benitez.
Henderson’s attorney, John Quinn, told the paper that he and his client planned to discuss whether to file a lawsuit in the matter.
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