A 30-year-old Beaufort woman arrested after for attempting to shoot an official of a Charleston private school was ordered to be committed to a federal psychiatric institution in Texas, according to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
Alice Boland was arrested at Ashley Hall on Feb. 4, 2013 on state charges, but a federal grand jury charged her with making a false statement in order to purchase a firearm, illegally possessing a firearm given her status as a person who had been previously committed to a mental institution or who had been adjudicated as mentally incompetent, possession of a firearm in a school zone, and the attempted discharge of a firearm in a school zone, Nettles said in a statement.
"By order of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Alice Boland was civilly committed to the custody of the Attorney General pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 4246(d), 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," Nettles said in a statement released to the media.
The recent ruling followed a court-ordered psychiatric examination, the details of which have been sealed. Because the records have been sealed, Nettles said he is unable to release additional information about the case.
The charges against Boland are still pending, and will remain pending unless and until a court finds that she is no longer 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, Nettles said.
On Feb. 4, 2013, Charleston Police Department investigators say Boland pointed a loaded handgun at an Ashley Hall school official and pulled the trigger multiple times. The .22-caliber pistol, which Boland purchased illegally just three days earlier in Walterboro, never fired because there was no bullet in the chamber.
Boland also faces state charges of attempted murder, two counts of pointing a firearm, unlawful carrying of a firearm, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in connection with the Ashley Hall incident.
In 2005, Boland was sent to a medical center in Texas for evaluation after she was accused of threatening to kill President George W. Bush. Boland pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in that case and charges were dismissed in 2009, according to court records.
In July, 2013, legislation known as the "Boland Bill" went into effect, making it illegal for a person judged as mentally defective or committed to a mental institution to ship, transport, posses or receive a firearm or ammunition. Gun dealers breaking the new law could face severe state and federal charges.
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