SOUTH BEND — A North Carolina teen who has been detained here for the past 20 months pleaded guilty Wednesday to making fake bomb threats against Purdue University’s Lafayette and Fort Wayne campuses.
Ashton Lundeby, 17, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to violate federal laws by using false information to threaten to "kill, injure or intimidate individuals."
In a plea agreement, Lundeby admitted to using the Internet to place the fake bomb threat calls, and to charging other Internet users money to watch and listen live to how police and school officials responded to the threats. Using the screen name "Tyrone," Lundeby also made the threats to the University of North Carolina, Clemson University, Florida State University, Boston College, a high school, a middle school and FBI offices in Louisiana and Colorado, according to his guilty plea.
Lundeby, who was charged in federal court as an adult, faces up to five years in prison. But during a hearing Wednesday, assistant U.S. attorney Ken Hays told U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller that the government will support a sentence at the lower end of the guideline range, once that range is calculated by probation officials.