Woman Sentenced For Sending Threatening E-Mails To Government Address

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A woman was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday on charges that she transmitted computer messages last fall in which she threatened to kill President Bush and send anthrax to schools, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Alemash Alemayehu, 24, of Columbus, sent the e-mails to the FBI's Internet site that collects tips on terrorist activity, prosecutors said. She pleaded guilty to the charges in January before Judge Algenon Marbley.

There is no evidence that Alemayehu possessed anthrax, U.S. Attorney Gregory Lockhart said.

In an e-mail Sept. 29, she said she would "destroy the white house and kill the president, and take over american." She sent another e-mail on Oct. 27 that said she would "send anthrax to all colleges, middles school, that where lots of people are where there no police be ready to buri more people."

Each offense carried a maximum five-year sentence and a fine of as much as $250,000.

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