Tuesday, 11 September 2018 19:08

Belfast teen charged in Snapchat threat in court Featured

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BELFAST - A local teenager accused of felony criminal threatening after he posted a picture of a firearm and a threat against Mount View High School in Thorndike on social media was in court in Belfast today.

Kevin J. Randall, who turned 18 in April and is a former student of Mount View, was surrounded by family during his short court appearance. The judge gave the prosecution and defense another 30 days to discuss a possible plea agreement.

"We're trying to work it out," his attorney, Darrick Banda, said outside of court. "We're trying to work it out with the prosecutor's office. There is a number of people who have an interest in this case - the community, the school. I think everybody wants to sit down and make sure that anything we work out is going to be acceptable to people who have concerns about what had happened here."

Banda said after his client posted the first message on Snapchat with the threat and firearm, he sent a second message a few minutes later saying that it was a joke.

"He told the investigators that it was a joke, but of course in today's society, with all the school shootings that have happened, it's not perceived by the public as a joke," Sheriff Jeff Trafton, of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. "It terrifies the public."

Randall was in court with his parents, sister and others, who declined to comment.

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