UNION, NJ – Union resident Kayla McKelvey, 25, the former Kean University student charged with creating a false public alarm at the University in November 2015, accepted a plea arrangement Monday.
According to a press release from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, McKelvey admitted to being responsible for the series of threatening Twitter posts. Appearing before Superior Court Judge William Daniel, McKelvey pleaded guilty to a single count of third-degree creating a false public alarm.
The terms of the plea are probation, no more than 90 days in county jail and restitution of $82,000. Sentencing is scheduled to take place on June 17 after the standard pre-sentence report is generated.
McKelvey, a self-proclaimed activist and alumni of Kean, is accused of tweeting anonymous threats against fellow black college students from a campus library during a rally on racial issues in order to attract more people to the rally. One such tweet, which was specifically addressed to the Twitter account of the Kean University Police Department, she acknowledged in court on Monday morning, read “@kupolice I will kill all the blacks tonight, tomorrow and any other day if they go to Kean University.”
After she allegedly sent the threatening tweets, she returned to the rally to warn others of the threats. The investigation revealed there was never any actual plan to harm students.
Last week, a judge rejected McKelvey’s appeal to participate in pretrial intervention, which would have allowed her to receive probation and have the charges removed from her record upon successful completion of the terms of the PTI.
Prosecutors said the threats caused fear and panic on campus and over $80,000 was spent on the investigation and on increased campus security.