Individual Arrested for Hoax Bomb Threat
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 02, 2012|
HOUSTON—Dereon Tayronne Kelley has been arrested and charged for a felony violation of the Federal Explosive Materials Statute, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.
Kelley, a 22-year-old resident of Bryan, has been accused of using the Internet to convey a false threat involving an explosive device in order to intimidate individuals at Texas State University.
Kelley was arrested yesterday and made his initial appearance just a short time ago in federal court in Houston.
The arrest came after an intensive investigation was initiated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)-College Station Resident Agency, working together with the Texas A&M University Police Department. The JTTF is comprised of the FBI, Bryan Police Department, Texas A&M University Police Department, College Station Police Department, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Secret Service, and Waller County Sheriff’s Office.
If convicted, Kelley faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney S. Mark McIntyre.
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