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July 9, 2013

Woman will serve probation for bomb threats in Beverly last fall

BEVERLY — A troubled woman whose threatening emails touched off lockdowns at Beverly Hospital and the Beverly Public Library last November will spend two years on supervised probation, a judge ordered yesterday.

Ashley Galvin, 21, formerly of 15 Broadway, Beverly, pleaded guilty to four counts of threats to kill as part of a plea agreement accepted by Salem District Court Judge Matthew Machera. The remaining counts, which include bomb and extortion threats as well as additional threats to kill charges, were dismissed.

Machera said he was going along with the agreement reached between prosecutor Patrick Collins and defense lawyer Kathryn Cox in light of Galvin’s mental health issues. Among the conditions of her probation are requirements that she remain in the custody of the Department of Mental Health and comply with her treatment regimen.

Her exact diagnosis was not disclosed in court but she told Machera that she is taking psychiatric medications.

She was also ordered to stay out of the city of Beverly entirely, unless she is passing through on a highway or train.

Galvin touched off a frantic search by police after, she admitted yesterday, she used a Google mail account in the name of a man named “Joshua Jackson” to send a series of threatening emails starting on Nov. 15, Collins told the court yesterday.

The first email specifically identified her targets, including police Chief Mark Ray and eight other officers, saying “these people are going to die...that’s not a threat, it’s a promise.”

Police immediately tried to track the source of the email using the IP address, as more threats came in, identifying the hospital as a target, and then the library, unless she was paid $100 by each of the officers she had named in the earlier email.

She later sent another email demanding $500 and threatening to blow up the fire station and identifying a deputy fire chief as someone else to be killed.

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