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Woman sentenced to prison for murder threats sent to Fort Bragg soldier

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - A Texas woman will spend the next year in federal prison after sending multiple murder threats to her then-husband, a Fort Bragg soldier, over a two-year period, according to a release from the United States Department of Justice.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced Thursday that in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced Tanyatorn Ghanjanasak, 35, of Texas, to one year and one day in federal prison, followed by three years or supervised release after she was convicted for interstate threats to injure.

Ghanjanasak had previously pleaded guilty to the charge on March 5.

According to the release, evidence shows that Ghanjanasak's then husband, whose identity is not being released, began receiving threatening text messages in 2015 from various unknown numbers. The man was a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg at the time.

In 2016, while the soldier was visiting with Ghanjanasak at her home in Ohio, the man discovered while he was trying to drive his car that is brake lines had been cut. He also became ill and felt as though he had been drugged, the release said.

In January 2017, Ghanjanasak sent the man an anonymous message saying that she had tried to kill him and "the brakes and the poisons were me and you (sic) dumb ass can't figure it out."

Just a month later, in February, Ghanjanasak sent another message that stated, "There’s a surprise coming for you which is to die for [smiley face emoticon].  I hope you like it.”

The next weekend while visiting again with Ghanjanasak in Ohio, the soldier again felt that he had been drugged and nearly fell down the stairs, according to the DOJ. Immediately after the incident, Ghanjanasak sent an anonymous message to her husband stating, "Did you like your beer?!?!?!?!?"

She also sent multiple other threats to kill the soldier and two other people, over a period of several months, the DOJ said.

At sentencing, the court found that Ghanjanasak had engaged in the conduct, which evidenced an intent to carry out her murder threats.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the incidents and discovered that Ghanjanasak was sending the threatening messages to the soldier and others using anonymous messaging applications from her home and workplace.

According to the DOJ, Ghanjanasak had a medical degree and was practicing medicine at the time of the events.

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