Report: Woman Charged In School Threat Made To WFTL Will Plead Guilty
May 13, 2011 at 4:29 AM (PT)
The woman charged with being the source of the e-mail threat sent to JAMES CRYSTAL RADIO Talk WFTL-A/FORT LAUDERDALE-WEST PALM BEACH host JOYCE KAUFMAN on NOVEMBER 10th that led to the lockdown of schools in BROWARD COUNTY, FL. last NOVEMBER 10th (NET NEWS 11/24/2010) will plead guilty, reports the ASSOCIATED PRESS. The plea is conditioned on the allowance of an appeal of a judge's rejection of a motion to dismiss the charges on First Amendment grounds.
ELLISA MARTINEZ, 48, faces a maximum five-year sentence in the case, which arose from an e-mail sent to KAUFMAN that said the writer was "planning something big around a government building here in BROWARD COUNTY, maybe a post office, maybe a school. I'm going to teach all the government hacks working there what the 2nd Amendment is all about."
MARTINEZ allegedly later called WFTL and said that her fictional husband "Bill Johnson" was headed to a school and would start shooting. When FBI agents came to her home in NEW PORT RICHEY, across the state north of ST. PETERSBURG, MARTINEZ fled, but was arrested in CALIFORNIA on NOVEMBER 23rd.