Woman in Ashley Hall gun case ordered confined to psychiatric unit indefinitely

08/07/2014 5:55 PM

08/07/2014 11:55 PM

A federal court in Texas ordered Alice Boland held indefinitely following after a psychiatric examination of the 30-year-old Beaufort woman.

Boland was arrested in February 2013 after pointing a handgun at an administrator at the Charleston all-girls private school Ashley Hall, and pulling the trigger. The gun, which had been purchased in Walterboro, did not go off because she had failed to load a bullet into the firing chamber.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Thursday that the U.S. District Court in northern Texas ordered Boland committed for an indefinite period of time “after the court found by clear and convincing evidence that she is presently suffering from a mental disease or defect as a result of which her release would create a substantial risk of bodily injury to another person or serious damage to property of another.”

She has a history of erratic behavior. She was arrested in 2005 and charged with threatening to kill the president but the charge was dropped.

Following the Feb. 4 Ashley Hall incident and her arrest by S.C. authorities, Boland was handed over to federal agents after a grand jury indicted her on the federal charges of making a false statement to purchase a firearm, illegal purchase of a firearm given her status as a person previously committed to a mental institution, possessing a firearm in a school zone and attempting to discharge a firearm in a school zone.

She is being held in Fort Worth at the Federal Medical Center Carswell.

The Charleston incident provoked an S.C. review of how those determined by a court to be mentally ill obtain weapons.

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