Teen no longer charged for threatening to kill classmates at Troy Buchanan High School

9:47 PM, Jul 9, 2013   |    comments
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TROY, Mo. (KSDK) - A Troy, Mo. teen is no longer charged with threatening to kill his family and classmates.

Last year, police arrested the 17-year-old Troy Buchanan High School student. Authorities told us he showed his girlfriend several guns and told her he was planning an attack.

On Tuesday we learned Lincoln County Prosecutor Leah Wommack Askey dismissed the case against him.

The prosecutor's decision was made with the help of the parties involved, including the school district, where the threats were made, law enforcement and the teenager's attorney.

The school district says it was will cooperate with the decision.

"We've elected to defer prosecution and allow him the opportunity to better himself and become a more productive member of society," said Askey. "I don't believe the defendant at this point is at any risk."

Askey explains the teenager is not getting off scot free and there are still requirements that he must follow.

For example the teenager must finish high school, but cannot go onto school property. Then after high school he must either further his education or get a job. Also, the 17-year-old must complete many hours of community service and go on a prison tour.

If he fails to comply with the agreed requirements Askey can still revisit the charges at any point in the next three years.

She says if the teen was convicted of the charges he faced he would be looking at several years in prison.

"The chances of him actually serving any of that would be slim, just based on our system and the overcrowding of prisons as it is," she said. "He's been given an opportunity to kind of right his own wrongs and move forward and pretend that those days didn't happen."


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