Federal case dismissed against man for alleged online school threat
FARMINGTON — A federal case has been dismissed against a Bloomfield man accused of making an online school shooting threat earlier this year.
A criminal complaint filed against John Williams, 20, was dismissed June 7 in Albuquerque federal court by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jerry H. Ritter, according to court documents.
Williams was charged on Feb. 22. He was accused of posting a comment on Feb. 15 in support of a threatening Facebook post by a 17-year-old male, according to court documents.
A motion to dismiss the charge was filed on June 6 by the prosecution.
"Only 2 months into 2018 and already we got 29 school shootings. (Expletive) it my turn," the juvenile posted on Facebook on the night of Feb. 15, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Charlie Y. Brown Alternative School in Bloomfield was evacuated on Feb. 16 and cleared by law enforcement due to both suspects' history with the school, according to The Daily Times archives.
The juvenile suspect's federal case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez, according to the motion to dismiss Williams' case.
Both Williams and the juvenile were charged on the state level with a petty misdemeanor count of interfering with the educational process.
That case against Williams was dismissed on March 7, according to court documents.
It was the dismissal of the federal case which prompted Williams to plead no contest Monday to a fourth-degree felony count of distribution of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids in a separate case, according to Public Defender Sara Field.
She represented Williams in two separate cases in district court. He was also released from custody on Monday after agreeing to a plea agreement.
A fourth-degree felony count of distribution of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids, two misdemeanor counts of use or possession of drug paraphernalia along with a misdemeanor count of driving while license suspended and a petty misdemeanor count of failure to maintain traffic lane were dismissed, according to the plea agreement.
The prosecution recommended a suspended sentence and conditional discharge as part of the plea agreement.
Field said pursuing the plea agreement was the beneficial outcome for her client and the prosecution.
A sentencing hearing in Aztec District Court is set for 8 a.m. on June 25.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at email@example.com.