March 23, 2015

Fresno Woman Pleads Guilty to Bomb Threat Hoax at Fresno City College

FRESNO, CA—Judy Gutierrez, 22, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to violating federal law by making a false bomb threat (false information and hoax), United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, on January 22, 2014, Judy Gutierrez e-mailed a bomb threat to her biology professor at Fresno City College resulting in classes in the science building being cancelled for the day. The science building was evacuated and searched, but no bomb was found by police.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Center Community College District Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Duce Rice is prosecuting the case.

Gutierrez is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on July 27, 2015. Gutierrez faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.