Teenagers get probation for threat against Cambridge schools

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CAMBRIDGE, Neb. (KSNB) Two of the four teenage boys implicated in a November threat against Cambridge High School were put on probation Monday by a Furnas County judge.

Both Joseph Williams, 18, Oxford, and Aron McMains, 18, North Platte, pled no contest to misdemeanor third degree assault. A Furnas county judge Monday sentenced both to 12 months probation.

Williams has been barred from the Cambridge schools campus and must complete the district's home school program to comply with the terms of his probation.

In addition to probation, McMains was ordered to complete his high school education.

Williams and McMains had originally been charged with felony Terroristic Threats.

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.

The cases against two other boys are pending.

Cameron Hagedorn, 17, Cambridge, was charged with felony Terroristic Threats. A Furnas County judge in January 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 if convicted in adult court, is up to three years in prison.