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Former UVa-Wise student sentenced for gun hoax

Published On: Sep 11 2013 10:35:59 AM CDT
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ABINGDON, Va. -

A man convicted of falsely reporting a gunman at the University of Virginia's College of Wise will spend two years on supervised release.

Bryant Alexander Hairston also must pay more than $4,000 in restitution to law enforcement and counseling agencies who responded to the January incident.

The 20-year-old Martinsville man pled guilty in May to two counts of making false statements. Police said Hairston called 911 and reported seeing a gunman on campus.

The bogus report prompted university officials to place the school on lockdown.

Hairston was a student at the school at the time of the incident.