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Oxford teen gets time served, must pay for bomb threats

Posted January 11, 2011 7:05 a.m. EST
Updated January 11, 2011 8:08 a.m. EST

— 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.