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Oxford teen charged in bomb threats wants to be released

Posted July 15, 2009
Updated July 16, 2009

— An Oxford teenager who was charged after authorities said he used the Internet to make fake bomb threats to schools nationwide is trying to get released from a detention center in Indiana.

According to a motion filed by the teen's attorneys on Tuesday, Ashton Lundeby, 16, is requesting to be released from the St. Joseph County's Juvenile Justice Center while awaiting trial so he can get proper dental care. The motion stated he has two root canals, which have not yet been capped.

Lundeby's mother said she did not want any teeth extracted, which is what the center offered to have done, until her son can be tested for von Willebrand disease. The genetically-based bleeding disorder is linked to blood clotting, according to the motion.

The motion also requests that Lundeby attend public school so he can work toward his high school diploma.

FBI agents and local law enforcement arrested Lundeby at his home on March 5, and he has been detained in the facility since then.

Investigators said Lundeby and unnamed co-conspirators allowed Web gamers to pay fees to listen to and observe police responses to bomb threats at Purdue University and other schools, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Clemson University and Florida State University.

Lundeby, who went by the name Tyrone, and the other conspirators would place calls to locations covered by webcams and then broadcast the video live to as many as 300 subscribers, according to investigators.

His mother, Annette Lundeby, maintains that he was at church the night of Feb. 15 when several threats were called into Purdue University.

She has acknowledged that her son made prank phone calls on the Internet and charged a fee but that her son never did anything illegal, to her knowledge. She has said she believes he was framed after he refused to call in a bomb threat to a high school in Australia.

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  • twc Jul 16, 2009

    I wonder how a few more years under his belt will affect his maturity. If they locked away all the immature people we would all be in jail at some point!

  • FromClayton Jul 16, 2009

    She has acknowledged that her son made prank phone calls on the Internet and charged a fee but that her son never did anything illegal

    still my favorite line. because making prank bomb threats for a fee is not illegal or anything...

  • GravyPig Jul 16, 2009

    Prof, I don't think we are reading the same article. He is under arrest for violation of federal law, and being detained in a federal juvenile facility. He has been charged, and arrested. He has not had a trial yet. Based on the article, it appears that he is guilty. But innocent until proven guilty. I didn't read the part where he was planning to kill anyone.

    What you quoted was a reply to TWC. A 16 year old making bomb threats is nowhere near the caliber of an AlQueda operative on the loose. He is of no REAL threat. However he DID take part or organize multiple bomb threats in the US. I wouldn't consider this kid worthy of the attention the Feds are giving him. Obviously this shows us that kid or not the Feds don't play when it comes to terrorist like activity. You make this kid out to be some sort of murdering maniac. Just a misguided teen with an ignorant and inattentive mother.

  • lkanzig Jul 16, 2009

    this kid is not going to learn a thing.
    a good whooping might get his on on right.
    and while your at it, smack his parents upside the head as well for good measure!

  • seaturtlesrule Jul 16, 2009

    I'll bet he does!

  • Professor Jul 16, 2009

    Should we take it easy on him?

    Are you serious? I hope not. He will not be the only young person in prison. Look it up and you will see. He will be fine once he gets adjusted. lol 3 meals and a cot will not ever be beat. But he will have to follow the rules and regulations in prison or face the consequences.

  • Professor Jul 16, 2009

    Should we take it easy on him? I think so given his age and circumstances. But if you make an exception for one person, then you will see many others trying to get the same consideration.
    GravyPig

    He is going to prison regardless of race age color or creed. Simply as that. HE DID THE CRIME NOW DO THE TIME, YOUNG MAN. He should have thought of his actions more clearly and he would not be locked up.

  • Professor Jul 16, 2009

    so he can get proper dental care. The motion stated he has two root canals, which have not yet been capped.

    He will have to wait until he gets to prison to get his dental work done. Can't have him free to commit other crimes or kill someone as he had planned.

  • Professor Jul 16, 2009

    If the officers allow him to go free, he will most likely commit another crime. Keep him lock up for the public's safety.

  • GravyPig Jul 16, 2009

    Speedy: No, nobody has to do it. People make spelling errors all the time. If it bothers you so much, then get a job teaching english.

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