Posts of carnage brings ex-student probation

10:00 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
Benjamin Malachino
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A teen who threatened to shoot up Comstock Park High School was lectured by the sentencing judge before being placed on probation.

Benjamin C. Malachino, 18, went on social media last March and talked about taking guns to school, holding hostages, committing sexual assault and suicide. 

"In this day and age, it's an extremely dangerous thing to do,'' Kent County Circuit Court Judge Mark Trusock told Malachino during sentencing Thursday. "It's not acceptable.''

Malachino has been on an electronic tether for several months, Trusock noted. Because of that and his clean criminal record, Malachino was placed on probation for two years. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison for making false threats of terrorism.

Sentencing guidelines recommended between 0 and 18 months in prison. Malachino was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

Trusock told Malachino if he violates probation, which includes having no contact with Comstock Park High School, he can be hauled back into court and sentenced to prison.


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