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Former Knoch student accepts plea deal in online threat case

July 22, 2019 News Extra

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Jason Bowen shows up for a court appearance in January.

A former Knoch High School student admitted in court Monday to making online threats in January, and accepted a plea deal offered by prosecutors.

Jason Bowen, 19, of Penn Township was charged with risking a catastrophe, terroristic threats, possession of a prohibited offensive weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia after a video surfaced on Snapchat depicting Bowen firing a gun with the caption “Training for Prom Walk” scrawled over the video.

In addition to the video, police said Bowen switched out a photograph of grieving parents on a front-page news story on the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

That photograph, in which the defendant was accused of inserting a photograph of himself giving a thumbs-up hand gesture regarding the massacre, was posted on his Instagram account last year, according to court documents.

In Monday's plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop the majority of charges against Bowen, including a felony, if he pleaded no contest to terroristic threats.

Read the full story in Tuesday's Butler Eagle.

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