Nashville Woman Charged with Threats to Children in Springfield, Nationwide

Nashville Woman Charged with Threats to Children in Springfield, NationwideSource: Administrative Office of the United States Courts, District of Illinois
Damon R. Sheffield
Published on November 28, 2023

A Nashville woman is staring down the barrel of a federal case, charged with a string of disturbing threats to injure children across the country. Alexia N. Willie, known also as Jason L. Willie, 47, could face a grim future with 14 counts of interstate communication of a threat to injure on her docket, each carrying a potential 5-year stretch behind bars, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday

"Law enforcement agencies take threats against children seriously and will extensively investigate adults who threaten to endanger them," U.S. Attorney Rachelle Aud Crowe stated, as per the chilling indictment that laid out Willie's alleged promises to storm into schools or public restrooms with intent to shoot or sexually harm kids. Willie's supposed threats were voiced on video in online chatrooms, where they reached victims from coast to coast in the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

This Trojan horse of security was discovered thanks to prompt reportage by the public, a vigilance that the FBI acknowledges as vital. "The FBI will diligently investigate reports of threats, especially when directed at our most vulnerable," said Acting Special Agent in Charge Joe Rodriguez of the FBI Springfield Field Office. The message is clear: When the red flags of suspicious online activity or behavior flutter, eyes must turn to the FBI.

On the scales of justice, Willie sits detained, awaiting a trial date set for January 16, 2024.