CAMBRIDGE, Neb. (KSNB) Two of the four teenage boys implicated in a November threat against Cambridge High School will be sentenced in March on misdemeanor convictions.
Both Joseph Williams, 18, Oxford, and Aron McMains, 18, North Platte, pled no contest to misdemeanor Attempt of a Class 4 Felony. They were convicted by a Furnas County judge and will be sentenced March 4, 2019. The maximum penalty for that conviction is one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Williams and McMains had originally been charged with felony Terroristic Threats.
The cases against two other boys are pending.
Cameron Hagedorn, 17, Cambridge, is charged with felony Terroristic Threats. A Furnas County judge this week transferred his case to juvenile court.
Nicholas Sheaffer, 17, McCook, is also charged with felony Terroristic Threats. His case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Furnas County court March 11, 2019. A hearing is also scheduled that day on Sheaffer's request to have the case transferred to juvenile court.
The penalty for Terroristic Threats is up to three years in prison.
Court records indicate that Furnas county officials received a report November 30th about a possible threat at the school. With assistance from the State Patrol, they determined that the suspects had a number of conversations in the months leading up that date about "shooting up" the school. One conversation involved another student who was asked to act as a human shield in the event that police were called to the school. Court records also indicated that there had been a web search for automatic weapons on the computer of one of the suspects.
Cambridge school officials said in December that while Williams, Hagedorn and Sheaffer were still enrolled at Cambridge High School, they were not attending classes there as per a court order.
Shepard also provided a copy of a statement released to school district patrons when the incident was reported November 30th:
"This information is to inform parents that the Cambridge Public Schools administration, Furnas County Sheriff Department, and the State Patrol conducted a threat assessment based on information reported to administration. At no time during the day, did the administration or law enforcement feel that students or staff were in danger. All parties are appreciative that
information was brought forth, so this issue could be investigated. We want to caution parents of jumping to conclusions and using social media to spread information, causing fear and anxiety within the school building. If you have questions, always, contact the district office and the administration. We also want to thank our parents and community members for their
understanding through a difficult day; we want everyone to understand that school safety is a paramount concern of Cambridge Public Schools."