Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 12, 2013

Bomb threat ends with guilty plea

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Barren County woman has accepted a plea deal in connection with a school bomb threat that occurred early this year.

Renee Joy Farley, 39, of Glasgow, was scheduled to stand trial in Barren County on Thursday, despite an attempt by her attorney, Robert Render, to get a change of venue. Commonwealth’s Attorney John Gardner did not object to moving the case to another location, but Circuit Judge Phillip Patton denied the request, finding that Farley could receive a fair trial here.

The defendant pleaded guilty in Barren Circuit Court last week to one count each of first-degree terroristic threatening and tampering with physical evidence. Her sentencing hearing is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 27; a presentence investigation will be done in the interim.

The charges stem from a call received at a convenience store less than a mile from Temple Hill Elementary School on Jan. 30 in which the caller said there was a bomb “at the school” and subsequent actions related to the cell phone from which the call was made. Farley was arrested by a Barren County Sheriff’s Department that evening. She was released on a $5,000 cash bond less than 48 hours later.

The commonwealth is recommending a sentence on the first count of five years, $1,000 fine and costs, with a sentence of three years for the second count, and it would be served at the same time as the other, for a total of five years. The commonwealth agrees to supervised probation for five years “following service of an alternative sentence of 18 days (in addition to any previously served). The defendant agrees to perform 180 hours of community service and be banned from any Barren County School Board property for the duration of her probation,” the judgment on the plea states.

Gardner said he consulted with the Barren County Board of Education prior to making the plea offer.

Render did not return a call prior to press time.

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