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Prosecutors stick with probation recommendation for teen

February 15, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have recommended that a teen who sent death threats to a Vermont high school be sentenced to probation despite his violation of court orders.

The Burlington Press reports prosecutors maintained their recommendation earlier this week of a five-year probation sentence for 19-year-old Josiah Leach. Leach pleaded guilty last year to transmitting threats including a “murder list” targeting 16 students and staff at South Burlington High School.

A judge ruled in November that Leach had violated his conditions of release by being discharged from a mental health program. Prosecutors say Leach was discharged when he set off three smoke bombs on separate occasions causing staff to have to leave the building.

Leach’s attorney is also asking for probation.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.


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

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