Alice Boland committed to psychiatric facility in Texas
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - The Beaufort woman accused of pointing a gun at an administrator outside a private school in downtown Charleston will remain in a psychiatric facility in Texas.
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday that 30-year-old Alice Boland was being indefinitely kept in FMC Carswell, which is part of the Texas Bureau of Prisons.
In February 2013, Boland was arrested and charged in a four-count indictment of making a false statement to buy a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm by someone who had been adjudicated as mentally incompetent, possession of a firearm in a school zone, and attempting to fire a gun in a school zone.
Police say Boland purchased a gun in Walterboro and drove to Ashley Hall School where she pulled out the gun and tried to fire it. It did not fire because the gun had not been loaded properly, police said.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Boland had several years prior threatened to kill then-Pres. George W. Bush and members of Congress. She also threatened to kill a Secret Service agent weeks later at her Beaufort home during an interview to assess whether she was a real threat to the president.
She was taken into federal custody and has been in the psychiatric facility ever since. Prosecutors have been waiting for her to be determined mentally fit to stand trial.
A sealed order granted the Attorney General the permission to move Boland to the facility in Texas.
Meanwhile in South Carolina, local lawmakers and members of the Ashley Hall community quickly banded together to create the Boland Bill, which was quickly signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley.
The law creates a network of information between local courts, law enforcement agencies, state police, and the FBI to identify people who have been adjudicated and are not allowed to own firearms.
According to the State Law Enforcement Division, the new records sharing process has led to nearly 150 people being denied access to firearms.