Woman Sentenced After Threatening Violent Attack on Gateway Community College

The East Haven woman accused of threatening to bomb and shoot up Gateway Community College in New Haven last February has been sentenced to 10 months in prison, already served, and three years of supervised release.

Amanda Bowden, 21, was sentenced today in federal court in Hartford. She pleaded guilty last year to one count of false information and hoaxes.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says that, between Feb. 4 and Feb. 16 of last year, Bowden made numerous phone calls and sent out text messages to a witness detailing a suicidal plot against the school.

She also claimed to have guns and at least two napalm-based bombs, but a search of her home turned up no guns or bombs.

Bowden was in prison from her arrest Feb. 19, 2013 until May 14, 2013, when she was bonded into a Salvation Army program including mental health treatment, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

She was taken back into custody July 11, 2013 for violating the conditions of her release.

Bowden was transferred from federal custody to a state inpatient mental health facility today. The U.S. Probation Office will monitor her Internet activity while she's on supervised release, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

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