Federal judge rules former South Burlington student will be held

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A Vermont teen accused of sending death threats to fellow students and teachers at South Burlington High School will go to jail pending sentencing in February.

Josiah Leach, 19, is accused of setting off three stink bombs recently at the Howard Center that lead to evacuations.

Leach denies the accusations.

On Friday, Judge Geoffrey Crawford said Leach’s recent behavior at the Howard Center is similar to the disruption at the high school in April.

Earlier this week, federal prosecutors filed a motion asking the judge whether Leach should go to jail for violating his conditions of release.

“Leach has violated his conditions of release by being discharged from the mental health treatment program in which this court ordered him to participate,” the motion stated.

Authorities say Leach sent a kill list to specific students, teachers and staff at the school, which caused several lockdowns, and class cancellations.

The teen pleaded guilty last month to transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce. He originally pleaded not guilty.

The plea deal calls for five years’ probation, which was recommended by the prosecution and defense.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 20, 2018.

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