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