A 22-year-old Bryan man has been found guilty of calling in bomb threats to Texas State University last year, around the same time he was suspected of calling in a bomb threat that evacuated Texas A&M.
A Houston federal jury took about an hour to convict Dereon Tayronne Kelley after a two-day trial, the United States Attorney's Office said today.
Kelley faces up to ten years in federal prison for hacking into his former girlfriend's Yahoo e-mail account and sending three separate e-mails threatening to bomb the TSU Admissions Office in San Marcos, the USAO said.
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"The defense attempted to convince the jury that the crime was committed by some other person," the USAO said. "However, this assertion was contradicted by the e-mail header and cell phone service provider records."
Kelley, a high school football player who built up a solid criminal record after graduation, was also suspected in a Texas A&M bomb threat.