- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped a charge against a man suspected of making a 2012 threat that prompted a lockdown of Joplin schools.

The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/28V3lNf ) reports that the making a terrorist threat charge was dropped Wednesday at a hearing for Keefe Rearrick in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Rearrick, an Army veteran, was charged after posting lines from a military marching cadence on his Facebook page. The post read: “Went to the playground where all the kiddies play!!! Daisy chained my Claymores, and blew them all away!!!”

During the two years the state had deferred prosecution of Rearrick, he was arrested in a break-in at an American Legion post. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft and placed on probation for a year.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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