Woman Admits to Threatening Mass Shooting at Community College

Amanda Bowden, 19, faces a maximum of five years in prison.

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013  |  Updated 3:56 PM EDT
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Woman Pleads Guilty to Mass Shooting Threat

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Amanda Bowden, 19, of East Haven, is accused of threatening to carry out a Newtown-style mass shooting at Gateway Community College. She is seen holding a gun in this photo posted on her Facebook page.

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An East Haven woman admitted Thursday to threatening to carry out a mass shooting and bombing at Gateway Community College.

Amanda Bowden, 19, pleaded guilty in federal court in Bridgeport.

Bowden was arrested Feb. 19 after the FBI learned of the threats.

"In text messages and recorded conversations, this defendant explicitly detailed her threats which included a planned shooting and bombing at Gateway Community College in New Haven," said David Fein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

According to court documents, Bowden made threats via text messages to a witness that she planned the mass shooting and bombing and that she had weapons and two napalm-based bombs at her home. She also made texted details of her threats and had phone conversations with an undercover law enforcement agent, according to authorities.

A search of Bowden's home after her arrest turned up no guns or bombs.

"Our office takes all such threats with utmost seriousness and will prosecute them to the fullest extent of federal law," Fein said.

Bowden pleaded guilty to one count of false information and hoaxes. She has been detained since her arrest.

Bowden faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced on July 13.

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