UK student accused of making threats against school pleads guilty

Haily Duvall on 6-24-19 pleaded guilty in federal court in Lexington to making threats on Snapchat against a campus building at UK, reporting the threats to campus police, doing media interviews, before being arrested and charged in November 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A woman accused of making threats against the University of Kentucky and giving false statements, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

According to the report, 20-year old Haily Duvall pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transmission of false statements involving explosives.  As part of her plea deal, fourteen charges were dropped, according to the newspaper.

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She faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the report.

Duvall was a sophomore pre-nursing student at UK and part-time employee of UK Healthcare when the threats were made in November 2018.  She is no longer a student at UK nor employed by the school.

Court records say Duvall contacted UK Police on November 7, 2018, and reported overhearing students talking about threats made on Snapchat against White Hall Classroom Building.  Snapchat is a mobile messaging app used to share photos, videos, text, and drawings.

According to the federal affidavit, one of the threats read, “you may not be ready to die but I am and am dragging evry last mother (f****) down with me so be ready.”  It was accompanied by a skull and crossbones and gun emoji.

Another said, “Thirsty thursdays are about to become ticking time bomb Thursdays.”  While another read, “White Hall is about to be white ashes along with every (a**hole) student in it,” according to the federal affidavit.

The threats led to an increased safety presence around the White Hall building.  No classes were cancelled.

Duvall did local newspaper and TV interviews about the threats before she was arrested and charged with making them.

According to court records, during an interview with police and FBI investigators on November 8, 2018, she admitted creating the messages.

She was indicted the next month on 11 counts of threatening interstate communications and four counts of maliciously conveying false information concerning a threat, according to court records.

She is scheduled to be sentenced October 7, 2019.


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