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Student pleads guilty to school threat to avoid prison time

May 4, 2019

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A former ConVal Regional High School student accused of making a school threat has pleaded guilty to avoid potential state prison time.

The ConVal School District canceled school in November when the 18-year-old posted a photo with BB guns that appeared real and warned students not to go to school.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports that the former student pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor criminal threatening. He already spent nearly three months in jail and will not face further time behind bars if he avoids committing a new crime in the next five years.

Defense attorney Justin Shepherd said the former student had a strong case but that the plea deal was the safer bet.