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Claremore woman sentenced to federal prison for school bomb hoaxes

Posted at 7:36 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 22:05:30-05

A Claremore woman who made bomb threats to schools has been sentenced to federal prison, the U.S. Department of Justice says.

Chief Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Stephanie Louise Montgomery, 49, to 10 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for providing false Information about bombs in schools. She pleaded guilty in September.

The DOJ says part of the plea agreement includes Montgomery will pay restitution in the amount of $6,391.78 to law enforcement agencies and first responders, including the Claremore Police and Fire Departments, the Tulsa Police Department, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, for costs incurred when responding to and investigating the false threats.

On March 27, 2018, Montgomery made a threatening phone call to the Claremore High School, indicating there were “five bombs in backpacks at the high school and 10 more bombs located at elementary schools.”

Approximately 7,000 students, faculty, coaches, and staff from all Claremore schools were evacuated or sheltered in place until being transported to alternate safe locations. Multiple law enforcement personnel responded and performed sweeps of the seven area schools but found no explosive devices. The threats followed shortly after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“Hoax bomb threats are no joke, and this sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime," U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said in a statement. "The response by law enforcement and school officials in the moments after receiving the threats was excellent. They mobilized quickly and communicated effectively to protect our school children, teachers, and administrators. Public safety is our highest priority. If you engage in hoax bomb threats, we will find you and hold you accountable."

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