Hadley man pleads guilty to threatening to commit a crime in April UMass-Amherst incident


Abdul Ismail, 27, of Hadley, pleaded guilty in Eastern Hampshire District Court, yesterday, June 19, 2017,  to one count of threatening to commit a crime in connection with an April 2017 incident at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

After accepting Ismail’s guilty plea, Judge Thomas Estes placed the conviction “on file” for one year, meaning no official sentence will be imposed if Ismail avoids further legal trouble during that year.  Ismail had been held on bail since his April 12, 2017 arrest.

Ismail made threatening statements to a female UMass-Amherst student he was visiting on the evening of April 11, 2017, including saying he was going to blow up her dormitory. 

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Covington prosecuted the case.

Ismail, a citizen of Ghana, was taken into custody by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers later in the day.