Two people who made threats in the days following a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida have been ordered to stand trial for making a false report or threat of terrorism.
Jacob Manuel Gil, 17, waived a preliminary hearing this week, sending his case to Kent County Circuit Court. He reportedly told people at Kent Education Center he was going to make this the next Florida shooting.
Martin Christopher Hernandez, 23, also waived a preliminary hearing this week, sending his case to Kent County Circuit Court. He’s accused of sending a text with a picture of an AR-15 rifle to Clean Planet Recycling.
A third person, 17-year-old Travon Jerome Wilson, will be in Grand Rapids District Court on March 19 for a preliminary hearing on the felony charge of false report/threat of terrorism. He’s accused of threatening to shoot up a Grand Rapids nursing home.
The charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Eight separate threats were made throughout Kent County following the Feb. 14 shootings in Florida, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said.
People suspected of making threats can have their phones and electronic devices searched as part of the criminal investigation, Becker said.
"It's not just we're going to come out and question you, you can get a search warrant for your house, a search warrant done of your car,’’ Becker said. “What we are looking for is evidence of a potential crime."
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