Ohio student accused of threat won't face felony

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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 11:02 AM

KENT, Ohio (AP) — A Kent State University student accused of posting on Twitter that he would be "shooting up" the Ohio campus is no longer facing a felony charge.

Prosecutors say a grand jury refused to indict the student on a felony charge of inducing panic. Instead, William Koberna now faces a lesser charge of telecommunications harassment.

The 19-year-old was in court Friday for a preliminary hearing. He was arrested nearly a week ago near Cleveland after the university contacted police about the tweet.

Kent State officials say the profanity-laced July 25 tweet included a threat that he would be "shooting up" the school.

The university said earlier this week that the student would be on an interim suspension. A judge told him to stay away from the school.

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