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Joyce Kaufman-Induced Broward Schools Lockdown Lands Woman Two Years in Prison

The woman who caused an FBI investigation after sending threats to right-wing radio host Joyce Kaufman -- leading to the lockdown of more than 300 Broward County schools -- was sentenced today to two years in prison.

Ellisa Martinez was arrested in November after emailing and calling Kaufman's radio station, WFTL-AM (850), and pleaded guilty to a threatening charge in May.

Martinez had watched MSNBC's coverage of Kaufman speaking during a Tea Party rally last July -- the speech in which Kaufman said "if ballots don't work, bullets will."

That led to the email, in which Martinez feigned Tea Party-alignment with Kaufman and mentioned she was planning "something big":

dear ms. kaufman, i was so thrilled to see you speak in person for congressman elect west. i was especially exited to hear you encourage us to exercise our second amendment gun rights. i felt your plan to organize people with guns in the hills of Kentucky and else where was a great idea. i know that you know one election is not enough to take our country back from the illegal aliens, jews, muslims, and illuminati who are running the show. i am so glad you support people who think like me. I'm planning something big around a government building here in Broward County, maybe a post office, maybe even a school, i'm going to walk in and teach all the government hacks working there what the 2nd amendment is all about. Can I count on your help?

Kaufman did not want her help and instead turned the offer over to the cops.

There was also a phone call made to the radio station in which Martinez said her husband -- who divorced her before this incident -- was going to shoot up a Pembroke Pines school. He never had any involvement in the threats.

Martinez was originally questioned by the FBI but snuck out to Los Angeles while cops were prepping a warrant.

She was caught in L.A. a couple of weeks later.

The firestorm Kaufman was caught up in after Martinez' emails prompted her to quit her newly accepted post as Rep. Allen West's chief of staff.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Kaufman was in attendance at the sentencing at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, saying, "I think the judge did the right thing."


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Matthew Hendley
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