Solicitor holds press conference on Alice Boland case

Alice Boland (provided)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Solicitor Scarlett Wilson will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon regarding the Alice Boland case.

Boland faces federal charges including lying to buy a gun, illegal possession of a gun by someone determined to be mentally incompetent and attempted firing of a gun in a school zone.

She's also charged locally with attempted murder.

Authorities say Boland brought the gun to Ashley Hall in February, pulling the trigger as school employees approached her. Investigators say the gun didn't fire because there weren't any bullets in the chamber.

Focus on Boland spiraled to the national level as Sen. Lindsey Graham used her as an example of the problems with existing gun laws in the U.S. He said he was shocked that a woman who had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity was later able to legally purchase a gun.

Boland pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in 2009, following an incident several years earlier in a Montreal airport in which she threatened the lives of airport security, other travelers and then-President George W. Bush.

She repeated those threats to a Secret Service agent in her parents' Beaufort, S.C., home about a month after the incident in the airport. As a result, she was federally indicted.

Blame for Boland's condition has been cast on a number of individuals and institutions by her parents, Donald and Dellann, who filed two lawsuits naming the state of South Carolina, the state's departments of Mental Health and Social Services, a psychiatric facility in Columbia, a doctor at the facility and the College of Charleston.

Both suits made claims of abuse and harassment as well as a string of civil rights violations against their daughter. The suits sought to recover a total of $200 million from the institutions.

However, the defendants in the case were not properly served and the cases were dismissed.

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