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Albany Woman Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Bomb School

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. – Jenelle Robyn Pinkston, 47 of Albany, Oregon, faces up to ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty to making a telephonic threat to blow up an Albany elementary school.

In the early afternoon of April 16, 2013, Pinkston made a call to Waverly Elementary School and advised the receptionist that the school was going to blow up in ten minutes.   Though there was no bomb, police were called, fire alarms were activated and the school was evacuated.   Telephone records led police to Pinkston.

In her plea agreement, Pinkston admitted she was also the caller on two bomb threats the following month at Waverly Elementary and another Albany school, Periwinkle Elementary.

Sentencing is set for December 17, 2014 in Eugene.   In the meantime, Pinkston will remain in custody. 

The FBI, Albany Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney William “Bud” Fitzgerald prosecuted the case.

Updated January 29, 2015