A East Haven woman pleaded guilty to federal charges after she said that she was going to perform a mass shooting similar to the Newtown tragedy at Gateway Community College.
According to officials with Gateway Community College, the school was contacted by the New Haven Police Department after a threat was made on Facebook by Amanda Bowden, who is a mother of two young children, against the college.
Officials said the FBI was notified about the threat and concluded, "there was no imminent danger."
Bowden, 19, was arrested, but on Feb. 19, when federal agents searched her home, they never found any guns or bombs.
"In text messages and recorded conversations, this defendant explicitly detailed her threats which included a planned shooting and bombing at Gateway Community College," said U.S. Attorney David B. Fein.
On Thursday, Bowden, who has a lengthy criminal history including threatening and harassment, pleaded guilty of false information and hoaxes after the Gateway threat.
A gunman shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.
Bowden faces a maximum sentence of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
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