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Dereon Kelley: Convicted, Faces 10 Years for Calling in Bomb Threat to Texas State University

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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.

"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.

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