CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — A New York woman who phoned in a false bomb threat
to an Arizona airport on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terror attacks
has been sentenced to one year in prison.
U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert handed down the prison term Friday in
federal court on Long Island. Mary Purcell pleaded guilty to calling the Tucson
airport last year.
Prosecutors have said she called in the false threat because her mother and
brother were scheduled to take a Southwest Airlines flight that day and she
feared for their safety.
The 39-year-old Long Island woman’s lawyer declined to comment to Newsday.
Prosecutors say that after the call, bomb squad officers searched luggage for
explosives and searched a plane with police dogs. No bomb was found.
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