MHS teens headed to trial
By Hub City Times staff
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Three Marshfield teens accused of planning a Dec. 17 bomb threat at Marshfield High School (MHS) are headed to trial.
Bradley Hendrickson, 18, and Gage Plechaty, 19, appeared in Wood County court on Jan. 17 for preliminary hearings.
A 17-year-old Marshfield student waived his right to a hearing and pled innocent to making “terrorist threats.”
Court records indicate that the 17-year-old told police that he found a threat on a bathroom stall at the high school that said a bomb would explode under the library. He later admitted to writing the bomb threat, adding that he had encouragement from Plechaty and Hendrickson.
On Dec. 17, just before 11 a.m., a MHS school resource officer was approached by the 17-year-old, who said he saw the threatening message which indicated a bomb would go off in the school at 1 p.m.
Investigators said that surveillance of the bathroom entrance shows Plechaty and Hendrickson entering and exiting twice between 10-11 a.m. and the 17-year-old entering and exiting a short time later.
All three are being charged with making terrorist threats and are due back in Wood County Circuit Court in May for a pre-trial conference.
If convicted, the teens each face a maximum sentence of 3. 5 years in prison. All three teens remain free on $1,000 cash bonds.