Charges against a Craig Middle School student who faced three felony charges for threatening students and faculty faces were dismissed, but the teen won't walk away unpunished. The seventh-grader was sentenced to two years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary of a building, a charge unrelated to the threats.
Deputy District Attorney Bonnie Roesink agreed to dismiss the three counts of inciting to the destruction of life the teen faced. Inciting the destruction of life is a Class III felony.
The counts were dismissed without prejudice, which means the charges can be refiled if the student does not complete the obligations of his probation.
Norm Townsend, the attorney representing the teenager, said the student "clearly didn't react the way he should have," to the taunting and teasing of classmates.
According the student's mother, the student was bullied to the point that he threatened to kill other students. An investigation led to him being charged for threatening students and Craig Middle School faculty members.
The teen was twice sent for mental evaluations after making threats. The third time he allegedly made the threats, felony charges were filed.
"What he said and did was inappropriate," Townsend said. "I hope the court will follow the recommendations of the probation department, and give [the teen] the opportunity for probation. The young man and his family are moving to Grand Junction, and I hope he can get a fresh start down there."
Roesink also asked the court to follow the probations department's recommendations, which called for two years of supervised probation, financial penalties, therapy and community service.
14th Judicial District Judge Joel Thompson agreed.
"There has been several contacts with the juvenile justice system with this juvenile, and the recommendations of the probation department are reasonable," Thompson said. "Moving to create a fresh start, along with therapy and treatment to deal with similar issues in an appropriate way seems acceptable."
Thompson transferred the probation requirements to the Mesa County Probation Department.
The teenager will be attending school in Grand Junction.
The burglary the teen plead guilty to was of an abandoned building in the fall of 2000.