Man convicted in Texas State University bomb hoax

Dereon Kelley faces up to 10 years in prison

Published On: Apr 10 2013 08:10:26 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 11 2013 02:12:57 AM CDT
HOUSTON -

A federal jury in Houston has found a Bryan man guilty of threatening to bomb the Texas State University campus in San Marcos.

A Justice Department statement says 22-year-old Dereon Tayronne Kelley is guilty of three counts of using the Internet to make a false bomb threat. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes has scheduled sentencing for next month, when Kelley could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined up to $250,000.

According to trial evidence, Kelley hacked into the email account of his ex-girlfriend, who is a former Texas State University student. He used that account to send threatening emails to the university's admissions office.

The ex-girlfriend was initially charged with making the threats, but the case was dropped after prosecutors traced the Oct. 18 threats to Kelley.