Charge dropped against 2nd teen accused of threatening prom
Jul. 06, 2018
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia prosecutors have dropped a terrorism-related charge against a teen accused of threatening a high school prom.
The Virginian-Pilot reports prosecutors announced Friday that 18-year-old Michael Coleman is no longer charged with conspiracy to commit a terrorist act. Coleman was the second teen charged with the crime after the Bayside High School's prom on June 9. The charge was dropped June 27 against a 17-year-old whose name has not been released.
Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera has said the teens were arrested after police found a rifle inside a room at the hotel hosting the prom and another gun. Coleman's attorney, Kristin Paulding, says police acted too quickly with the terrorism charges. The 17-year-old's attorney, George Yates, says the guns were film props. Both teens still face other charges.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com