(Riverton, Wyo.) – A 19-year-old student who was suspended from Central Wyoming College on Wednesday and evicted from campus housing after a number of weapons were found in his possession, will not be tried with any criminal offense, Riverton Police Captain Eric Murphy said Friday.
“We met with the city and county attorneys and with the Federal prosecuting office and they all determined that making a threat through a third person was not covered in any criminal statutes,” Murphy said. “Had the suspect made the threats to the intended victim in person, charges could be filed for threatening.”
Murphy explained that when police were first alerted to the threats, they were made through a Facebook post to a friend of the intended victim. The posts were explicit and violent in nature and that is why police followed up with the suspect. When they contacted him, they discovered he had a loaded Glock .40 hangun, an AR-15 .223 caliber rifle, a Benelli Super Nova 12 gauge shotgun, a Ten Point Total Extrme Crossbow with an Accudraw assist system, a large Machete style knife with a 14 inch blade and a black ballistic vest in his possession on campus. CWC policy allows students who are hunters to have a gun on campus, but it must be secured in a locked vault. All other weapons are not allowed.
The student in question has since returned to his home in California, Murphy said.
See an earlier report on the incident here.