Bryan man convicted in TSU bomb threat case

April 10, 2013 1:43:33 PM PDT
Dereon Tayronne Kelley, 22, of Bryan, has been found guilty on all counts for communicating a bomb threat to an academic institution, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced. The verdict was returned after two days of trial and approximately one hour of deliberation.

Kelley was accused of three counts of using the Internet to convey a false threat involving an explosive device in order to intimidate individuals at Texas State University (TSU).

According to evidence and testimony presented in court, Kelley used his cell phone and hacked into his former girlfriend's Yahoo email account and sent three separate emails threatening to bomb the Admission's Office at Texas State University. Kelley's girlfriend was a former student at TSU.

The defense attempted to convince the jury that the crime was committed by some other person. However, this assertion was contradicted by the email header and cell phone service provider records.

Sentencing has been set for May, at which time Kelley faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

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