MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) — A California woman has been sentenced to two years in prison after making a bomb threat to the Myrtle Beach International Airport, according to United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon.
Michelle Bryant, 47, of Mission Viejo, Calif., pleaded guilty to three counts of intentionally conveying false and misleading information. She was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of court-ordered supervision, according to a release.
Additionally, she was ordered to pay the Horry County Airport Authority $12,822 in restitution to reimburse MYR for their purchase of a full-time bob detection dog and a trained handler, which were acquired by law enforcement to deal with the case and protect future visitors to the airport.
Evidence presented in court showed Bryant placed five bomb threats over the phone to MYR between March and August 2017. Investigators say they were able to obtain records from the telephone company and interviewed several people to narrow down the field of potential suspects.
In February 2018, Bryant was identified by the FBI as a potential suspect and was interviewed at her home in California. Once she was confronted, investigators say she admitted to making the calls, which each falsely claimed a different attack was about to occur. She told investigators her motive behind the hoaxes was "was revenge for a failed relationship with an individual who had ties to the airport."