Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 11, 2013

Man sentenced for hoax gunman call at U.Va. Wise

ABINGDON, Va. — A man convicted of falsely reporting a gunman at the University of Virginia’s College of Wise will spend two years on supervised release.

Bryant Alexander Hairston also must make $4,010 in restitution to law enforcement and counseling agencies who responded to the Jan. 23 incident.

Media outlets report that the 20-year-old Martinsville man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Abington.

Hairston pleaded guilty May 31 to two counts of making false statements.

Police said Hairston called 911 and reported seeing a gunman on campus. The bogus report prompted university officials to place the school on lockdown.

Hairston was a student at the school at the time of the incident.

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