Legal experts say person who threatened Cabarrus Co. schools could face jail time


CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Legal experts say whoever is behind the unspecified threat sent to the Cabarrus County School’s district office, will likely be caught, and arrested.

“Certainly there are a lot of options out there for law enforcement these days to find these things out and trace people back to their original location,” said Attorney Corey Rosensteel. 

A digital trail leading to felony charges, including making a bomb threat against a public building and making false threats.

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Both are felonies in North Carolina, carrying sentences ranging anywhere from five to 20 months in jail.

“Do you think this person could face jail time?” FOX 46’s Matt Grant asked. 

“It’s certainly possible the person could have jail time it would depend a lot on their criminal record,” he replied. 

Rosensteel says a judge will consider factors, like the perpetrator’s age, and whether or not they have a criminal record. Punishment could include community service, probation, or restitution. 

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Rosensteel says in North Carolina whoever did this would not be responsible for reimbursing the taxpayer funded cost of a law enforcement response, but could be on the hook for the business cost of disrupting multiple schools – a cost he says, that could be significant.

“When you’re talking about evacuating several schools you could have significant costs involved in evacuated several schools from general evacuation costs to just disrupting the day to day business of a school that has to be made up later.” 

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