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Woman guilty of reporting bomb threat to keep nephew out of Miss.

A woman who did not want her nephew to

travel from Oregon to a family member's home in Mississippi called

Greyhound Bus Lines and said the man was a terrorist who wanted to

bring a bomb on a bus, prosecutors said.

Joanna Jean Leisure, 38, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court

in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Thursday to federal charges of

maliciously conveying false information by telephone, U.S. Attorney

Dunn Lampton said in a news release. She faces up to 10 years in

prison when sentenced April 24.

Leisure called a Greyhound office in Hattiesburg, Miss., July

16, 2007, and said 18-year-old Abdulaziz Osama AlZaaki was

"planning to make a bomb to carry aboard the bus" leaving Weston,

Ore., Lampton said.

Leisure did not immediately respond to a message left Thursday

by The Associated Press.

Leisure hatched the plan because she did not want AlZaaki

staying at a mobile home in State Line, Miss., owned by his

grandmother, according to court records.

The grandmother lives in Oregon, but owns an unoccupied trailer

in Mississippi. AlZaaki told investigators that Leisure "wants his

grandmother's property for herself," court records said.

Before calling Greyhound, Leisure called one of her nephew's

traveling companions in an attempt to dissuade them from coming to

Mississippi and warned that she would report that AlZaaki was a

terrorist, according to court records.

Leisure then allegedly called again and left a threatening

message on the woman's voicemail.

"I'm serious," Leisure said, according to court records.

"Woman, ummh, if you don't want to disappear, don't come down

here. Life will be hell for you."

Leisure then allegedly called the bus line with information on

the fictitious terrorist plot. Leisure did not give her name, but

her telephone number showed up on Greyhound's caller

identification, according to court records.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officials were waiting

when the bus arrived. Neither AlZaaki nor his companions were

carrying explosive materials, Lampton said.

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