Woman who threatened Clairemont Easter service holding gun and baby pleads guilty, sent to state hospital
A woman who entered a church service on Easter Sunday two years ago in Clairemont and uttered violent threats while holding her young son and brandishing an unloaded gun pleaded guilty on Friday to nine counts of felony and misdemeanor.
A judge has declared 33-year-old Anna Conkey insane during a court trial following her guilty pleas, which means she will be placed in a public hospital for treatment.
Conkey pleaded guilty to nine felony and misdemeanor counts, including endangering children, criminal threats and possession of a gun in a school zone.
Prosecutors said Conkey called 911 and emailed his former employer, NBC San Diego, and told them that a woman with a gun was going to “blow up the foundations of the church.”
Although the bomb threat turned out to be unfounded, Conkey then took the stage in the auditorium of TsidKenu Church on Mt. Everest Academy, while holding a pistol in his right hand and his young son cradled in his left arm.
According to the testimony of the preliminary hearing, Conkey told the faithful present that she was a martyr, saying: “You will all go
die ”and urged them to listen to his message regarding his religious beliefs.
Before the police arrived, worshipers were able to disarm her and move her baby away from her, but after passers-by handed the gun to the police,
Conkey rushed forward, grabbed the gun and ran before being attacked by officers, witnesses said.
A video of the service that aired during Conkey’s preliminary hearing showed Pastor Benjamin Wisan turning to see Conkey behind him and asking:
“Is that a weapon?” “
Wisan testified in court that he didn’t know if it was a gun or a stun gun, but told the crowd it was a stun gun to calm them down, then
asked them to leave the building and pray.
Several of the worshipers testified that Conkey waved the gun and did not point it at a particular person, while others alleged that she pointed the gun at her baby.
However, all witnesses said they didn’t think she intended to shoot anyone.