- Associated Press - Thursday, October 12, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Court records say a Vermont high school student charged with sending death threats to fellow students, teachers and staff at his school, causing three lockdowns and the cancellation of classes, is considering a plea bargain

The Burlington Free Press reports that by the end of next week, 18-year-old Josiah Leach will have to decide in federal court in Burlington whether to make a deal with prosecutors or face trial. A hearing is scheduled Oct. 20.

Leach, a student at South Burlington High School, has pleaded not guilty to emailing a “murder list” on April 20 targeting 16 students and staff.

He’s charged with transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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