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Woman pleads guilty in connection with hoax bomb threat against Claremore schools

Posted at 3:11 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 08:20:57-04

TULSA -- A woman charged in connection with a hoax bomb threat against Claremore schools pleaded guilty Thursday.

Stephanie Montgomery pleaded guilty to providing false information about bombs in schools, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

As part of the plea deal, Montgomery will pay $12,000 in restitution to law enforcement agencies and first responders affected by the hoax.

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

Students and staff were evacuated but no explosive devices were found.

“Our schools should be safe havens for students and teachers, not places where they feel threatened. People like Montgomery exploit school shooting tragedies and the resulting fear in communities. Their threats create undo anxiety in our children and worry among parents. Hoax threats cause the use of significant law enforcement resources. We take every school threat with the utmost seriousness and will respond accordingly,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

Montgomery's sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 11.

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