Woman to plead guilty in Fla. school lockdown case

May 12, 2011 - 3:28 PM

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida woman charged with making threats that led to the lockdown of one of the nation's largest school districts is scheduled to plead guilty.

A court document filed Thursday by 48-year-old Ellisa Martinez's attorneys says she will change her plea from not guilty to guilty on Monday, the day her trial was to begin. Martinez is charged with making a threat in interstate commerce, which carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors say Martinez emailed a threat Nov. 10 involving guns and schools to a radio talk show host. They say she later called the radio station, saying her husband would go to a school and start shooting.

That caused the lockdown of all 300 Broward County public schools, affecting some 275,000 students in the nation's sixth-largest school district.