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Rockford Register Star
Oct 20, 10:56 AM EDT

A Vermont high school student charged with sending death threats to fellow students, teachers and staff at the South Burlington High School, causing three lockdowns and the cancellation of classes, has pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal.


BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A Vermont high school student charged with sending death threats to fellow students, teachers and staff at the South Burlington High School has pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal.

Eighteen-year-old Josiah Leach pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to a one-count indictment charging him with transmitting threats in interstate commerce.

Leach had originally pleaded not guilty to emailing a "murder list" on April 20 targeting 16 students and staff in April. The incident led to three lockdowns and the cancellation of classes.

Federal prosecutors say as part of the deal Leach acknowledges his responsibility for the threats, and the government will recommend a five-year probationary sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 20, 2018 in Rutland.

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