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Oxford teen gets time served, must pay for bomb threats

Posted January 11, 2011

— An Oxford teen was released from federal prison Monday, almost two years after his arrest for making prank bomb threats to universities and FBI offices.

Ashton Lundeby pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to use false information to threaten others. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Hays said prosecutors hope the time the 18-year-old served will deter others. 

Lundeby was arrested March 5, 2009, by FBI agents and local law enforcement officers. Agents seized a computer, a cell phone, gaming console, routers, bank statements and school records, according to federal search warrants.

Lundeby admitted he used a computer to phone fake bomb threats to universities including Purdue, North Carolina, Clemson, Florida State and Boston College, and then charged fees to others to listen live as police and others reacted.

In addition to his prison time, Lundeby was ordered to pay $29,276.55 restitution at a rate of at least $25 per month in order to reimburse the agencies that scrambled to react to the threats.

In court documents, Lundeby's mother, sister and uncle vouched for him and asked that he be sentenced to time served. His lawyers asked that he get a lighter sentence than federal guidelines suggest citing his youth at the time of the arrest (he was 15) and his emotional immaturity.

"The sentencing guidelines do not adequately consider Ashton's youth, time already served, need for mental health treatment, vulnerability upon transfer to an adult prison facility, ability to reform and cooperation with the government," his lawyers wrote.

Lundeby told the judge he regretted his actions and would avoid more trouble.

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  • I Change This Name Daily Jan 12, 2011

    " The homeless in Raleigh fair much worse than he did"

    fair comes in october

  • dlk13ster Jan 12, 2011

    "I really don't have much confidence in the reforming of convicted criminals, but once in a while, there is one that will come out good. Let's hope he is one of those."-dwr1964

    I actually agree. This MAY just be the case of a stupid 15-year-old looking for attention (and a little extra spending cash) in the STUPIDEST manner possible. Or, it could be evidence of something more sinister.

    Either way, time will only tell. Since he was only 15 at the time, it makes sense why the court would be willing to show leniency--especially since this was a nonviolent crime (even if it WAS a federal offense). Still, now that he's older and of-age, if he tries anything even remotely as stupid again, he'll have no one to blame but himself--and the courts will nail him to the CROSS if he does.

    Take this chance and make the best of it kid; most people don't even get this chance, and you WON'T, ever again.

    God bless, I hope everyone is able to put this behind them, and learn from it.

  • imdicktrickle Jan 11, 2011

    What great entertainment, you can't make this stuff up. Then, you can watch the people on here argue and bicker. Ha ha

  • dwr1964 Jan 11, 2011

    We will just have to wait and see if he has matured. I really don't have much confidence in the reforming of convicted criminals, but once in a while, there is one that will come out good. Let's hope he is one of those.

  • oleguy Jan 11, 2011

    He was not in prison, he was in a boy scout camp compaired to Central in Raleigh, Federal prison is like a walk in the park or vacation,,, The homeless in Raleigh fair much worse than he did

  • nogade Jan 11, 2011

    lol..yep he's done..he-he, ha ha ha ha, lol, oh yeah, that's going to look good on all of his job applications, lol, aa ha ha..

  • CarolinianByChoice Jan 11, 2011

    "It is sad that we as humans judge others" I'm hoping that comment only applies to opinions stated here about parenting skills. I wonder where our justice system would be if we did NOT have a jury of our peers to "judge" those accused of crimes.

    "He needs a trip to the woodshed" Yup, seems he needed that l-o-n-g before his "pranks" caused panic and diverted emergency services away from people who may have needed them. (and THEN made $$ off it to boot).

  • gnewsome1 Jan 11, 2011

    "It is sad that we as humans judge others.. As parents you cannot condone or control what your children do behind your backs". He pled guilty, period. His mother took up for him and stated that he was innocent. These are facts, not judgements. Did she not condone this by taking up for him and proclaiming his innocence? The mother has a responsibility to not enable this kid to commit a crime. He did more than skip Sunday School and his intentional actions constitued much more than a routine prank. For all of you who are taking up for this punk, he is not remorseful for committing the crime. He is remorseful for getting caught and now having to face the punishment. He needs a trip to the woodshed.

  • musthavecoffee Jan 11, 2011

    Look on the bright side: when he starts applying for a job, he can put this early business venture on his resume. LOL.

  • medeanna32 Jan 11, 2011

    It is sad that we as humans judge others.. As parents you cannot condone or control what your children do behind your backs. Ashton has realized how serious what he was doing is now. He served almost two years in a federal prison starting at age 15 away from his home and family in Indiana. He has suffered enough now he will be able to focus on better things. Judge not lest ye be judged.

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