California woman pleads guilty to Minot AFB threats

The Lompoc, Calif., woman accused of making bomb threats against Minot Air Force Base and for threatening to shoot children at the Head Start school on the base pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, according to U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota Timothy Purdon.

Tiffany S. Anderson, 24, Lompoc, Calif., pleaded guilty on two counts of communicating a threat to destroy property by explosive and one count of interstate threatening communications. Each charge carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Anderson, who was working at Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif., at the time of the incidents, called into the base on Nov. 6 and Dec. 19, 2012. She called the Head Start program the next day.

A Dec. 22 article about the threats in The Minot Daily News reported that Anderson allegedly told a staffer at the base’s visitors center who answered the phone “good luck finding the bomb.”

A statement released by Purdon’s office reports that Anderson admitted she made the threats in an attempt to cause trouble for an ex-boyfriend who was an airman stationed there.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 3 at 9 a.m.

Flint McColgan