A Conroe mom who attempted to get her boyfriend's middle school son in trouble at school by stowing a gun in his backpack has been sentenced to prison for the crime.
A judge sentenced 28-year-old Heather Hodges Thursday to three years in prison following her guilty plea on charges of unlawful carrying of a weapon on restricted premises. Hodges was arrested and charged in 2012 after planting a gun in the 13-year-old boy's backpack and then calling the school to get him caught.
Investigators say Hodges believed the boy was being mean to her two children from a previous relationship, and to retaliate, she secretly went through the teen's backpack, first removing his deodorant and his cologne. (Obviously because guns and cologne don't mix. Everyone knows that.)
With the cologne and deodorant out of the way, Hodges then hid the unloaded pistol in the eighth grader's backpack and headed over to a nearby gas station to place an anonymous call to Magnolia ISD to warn them about the gun, according to reports.
Deputies with the Montgomery County Constable's Office, who provide security for the Magnolia school district, say the school received an anonymous call from a woman November 5, 2012, alerting administrators that the boy had a pistol in his backpack.
When the deputies arrived, they found that school administrators had already removed Hodges's boyfriend's son from class and had found an unloaded 9mm handgun in his backpack.
Police proceeded to take the student into custody, and the boy was taken in for questioning for several hours. Luckily, investigators were just a tad bit smarter than Hodges, and figured out that the teenager was telling the truth about having no knowledge of the weapon.
Somehow, in the midst of the gun-fueled chaos, the teen put the pieces together and told deputies that Hodges may have been the one to set him up with the weapon, since she didn't like him.
Surveillance tape from the convenience store showed Hodges making the phone call to the Magnolia school, and Hodges later confessed to the crime.
Hodges is currently being held in Magnolia County Jail while awaiting transfer to prison.
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