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Former UMKC Student Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking Charges

Haight faces five up to five years in prison for sending a UMKC instructor threatening emails.
Haight faces five up to five years in prison for sending a UMKC instructor threatening emails.

A former University of Missouri-Kansas City student has pleaded guilty to charges that she cyberstalked her former instructor.

Authorities say Kenna Haight, 27, repeatedly sent an instructor threatening emails from October to December 2013. In announcing the plea, the FBI said that among the statements Haight sent her instructor were: 

“I keep having homicidal fantasies that me keep me up at night around you.” And, "[Y]ou may find yourself tied to your own bed in your own home begging for mercy. Or having your tongue cut out and your spinal cord cut paralyzing you for life so that you can never walk or speak again. Who knows what the universe has in store for you. If someone invades your home and cuts out your tongue…not my fault. Wishful thinking.”

In October 2013, the instructor got a protection order against Haight that barred her from contacting the teacher. But a month later, Haight admitted to sending harassing emails to the instructor. Police told her to stop contacting the instructor. Then in December of that year, Haight called the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline a filed a false report about the instructor's children. Based on that complaint, a social worker interviewed the instructor's children. 

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Haight faces a minimum of one year in prison and as many as five.