The woman who allegedly attempted a school shooting in February faces federal charges, and is perhaps best known for what might have happened. Twenty-eight-year-old Alice Boland of Beaufort became nationally known her attempt to shoot staffers at Ashley Hall, a Charleston County private school. Witnesses say Boland tried but was unable to fire the handgun.
The foiled shooting revealed a gap in mental health reporting for gun ownership and has since prompted pending state and federal legislation.
Boland has been given a four count indictment by a federal grand jury: making a false statement in order to purchase a firearm, illegally possessing a firearm because of 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 attempted discharge of a firearm in a school zone.
The first two counts each carry a statutory penalty of up to ten years in prison, supervised release for three years and a fine of $250,000.00. Counts three and four each carry a statutory penalty of up to five years in prison, supervised release of a year and a fine of $100,000.00;