- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former New Mexico State University student has been sentenced to five years of probation for hindering an investigation into an online threat to shoot up the school last year.

Prosecutors say 20-year-old Zachary Milton Hess of Las Cruces also was ordered Wednesday to pay nearly $78,000 in restitution to the university.

He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in March.

Hess was arrested in the case last Aug. 25.

Authorities say someone threatened to shoot up the NMSU campus within three days during an internet chat on May 27, 2014.

An FBI investigation linked the threat to Hess’ home computer.

Prosecutors say Hess admitted that he knew about the online threat and assisted in hindering the investigation.

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