NEWTON — A Harvey County jury on Thursday found a 34-year-old Newton woman guilty of aggravated criminal threat over a bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of students and faculty from a middle school dance, an official said.
The bomb threat and evacuation of the Santa Fe Middle School dance occurred on Jan. 30, 2009.
Anissa L. Payne could face from 31 to 136 months in prison and a fine of up to $300,000 when she is sentenced July 20, said Harvey County Attorney David Yoder.
Payne's voice was identified on a 911 recording, Yoder said in a news release Thursday.
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Yoder said that Payne's attorney, Randall Fisher, "presented several close friends and relatives of Payne who testified that the recorded voice was not hers and that she could not have made the call, but the State argued that the circumstances of those witnesses coming forth at the last minute with an alibi brought their testimony into question."
Fisher could not be reached for comment.