Former student who called graduation bomb threat to pay QU

Staff Reports

Former Quinnipiac student Danielle Shea, who called in a bomb threat at last year’s graduation, has been sentenced to three years of probation and will pay more than $20,000 to the university, according to Meriden-Record Journal.

Shea called Public Safety before the College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony last May and said there was a bomb on campus. Shea had told her relatives she would be graduating, so when they noticed her name was not on the graduation roser, she called in the bomb threat in an attempt to cancel the ceremony. Commencement was moved to the TD Bank Sports Center, where police arrested Shea later that evening.

Last week during her court appearance at Meriden Superior Court, Shea pleaded guilty to second-degree reporting a false incident and two counts of second-degree threatening, according to the article. For each of the counts, Shea was ordered to a one-year suspended prison sentence. This means if she complies with the payment to the university and the terms of her probation, Shea will not face jail time.

Eugene Riccio, Shea’s attorney, said she was ordered to pay the university $22,100. Currently Shea has paid $15,000 of this restitution payment. The remaining $7,100 will be paid monthly during the rest of her probation.

Riccio told the Meriden-Record Journal that Shea “deeply regrets her actions.”

“It was a very unfortunate situation. My client has expressed her regret in court,” he said.

Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs, said the university is satisfied with the court’s decision.

“The university appreciates the court’s decision,” she said in a statement. “With our commencement ceremonies attracting thousands of people to the university each year, it’s imperative that every effort is made to safeguard all those in attendance and send a message that anyone who threatens to endanger them will face serious criminal charges.”

Photo courtesy of the Hamden Police Department