Woman says she was wrongly jailed in bomb threats

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Associated Press

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas State University student says she's been wrongly jailed for weeks after authorities said they believe she was involved in bomb threats to the San Marcos school.

Brittany Henderson told the Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/SJA5sx ) that she didn't even know about the mid-October threats emailed to the school until she heard about them on television.

She was arrested five days later and was held in the Hays County Jail until last week when she was released on a reduced bond.

"I didn't deserve to be behind bars," Henderson, 19, told the newspaper. "I didn't do anything wrong."

According to a federal criminal complaint, her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Dereon Kelley, used her email to send threats to Texas State and Texas A&M University in College Station. He's pleaded not guilty to charges.

Henderson insisted she was asleep at the time the threats were made.

Kelley is accused of conveying false information for the Texas State threats. He's also charged in College Station with making a bomb threat there.

Henderson was released last week after Hays County prosecutors agreed to trim her $40,500 bail to personal recognizance bonds and $5,000.

Assistant District Attorney Fred Weber wouldn't discuss the bond reduction, saying the investigation of the case is continuing.

But Texas State University police Capt. Daniel Benitez said authorities still believe Henderson was responsible for three threats to the school on Oct. 18.

Henderson said at the time of the first message at 7:21 a.m., she had just gotten off after working a double shift as a certified nursing assistant at a rehabilitation center in Bryan and was sleeping. A supervisor at the rehab center said she couldn't confirm if Henderson was an employee.

Henderson said she's lost her job there after she was charged with three counts of making a terroristic threat and three counts of making a false alarm or report. The terroristic threat is a felony charge; the other is a misdemeanor.

"I was not involved, period, at all," she said. "It put a stigma on me, being portrayed in the news as if I was a terrorist."

Texas A&M Police Lt. Allan Baron said Henderson was investigated and then ruled out of involvement in the threats to A&M the day after the Texas State threats.

Both schools were evacuated for hours while the campuses were searched for bombs.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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