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Ex-college student gets probation in cinema threat

July 8, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former College of the Holy Cross student authorities say threatened to shoot up a movie theater has been sentenced to a year of probation.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/VDv9LN ) reports that Gregory Hamalian was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to threatening to commit a crime. As part of a plea agreement, charges of threatening and making a bomb/hijack threat were dismissed.

The 22-year old Hamalian, of West Bridgewater, was a junior at the school when he was charged in December 2012 after making threats on social media against an unspecified movie theater.

Hamalian also wrote that he admired James Holmes, the man charged in a 2012 movie theater attack at an Aurora, Colorado theater that killed 12 people.

Hamalian told investigators he was simply “trying to get a reaction.”


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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