November 20, 2017

Plea deal filed for South Burlington school threat suspect

A photo of Josiah Leach from his public Facebook page. He is charged with making a series of escalating threats against the lives of fellow students and teachers at South Burlington High School.

A photo of Josiah Leach from his public Facebook page. He is charged with making a series of escalating threats against the lives of fellow students and teachers at South Burlington High School.

By Morgan True

For VTDigger

Josiah Leach, the teenager accused of making threats against fellow South Burlington High School students and teachers, has reached a plea agreement, court filings indicate.

Leach was arrested in April after a series of escalating threats through email, Facebook and a phone call. The threats led to three days of lockdowns at the high school and a one-day cancellation of classes districtwide.

Leach faces a felony charge in federal court of “knowingly transmitting in interstate commerce a communication that includes a threat to injure the person or another.” The charge carries up to a five-year prison sentence and up to a $250,000 fine.

The plea agreement was filed Monday in U.S. District Court, but its terms are not yet public. District Judge Geoffrey Crawford is expected to rule on the acceptability of the deal at a Friday change-of-plea hearing.

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