Orange HS Bomb Threat Suspect Waives Right to Trial

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PEPPER PIKE, Ohio -- The trial for an Orange High School student, accused of sending threatening emails which closed the school for three days, was supposed to get underway Wednesday. 

But late Wednesday afternoon, a surprise admission from the defendant.

Under a plea agreement, the soon to be 18-year-old waived his right to a trial, admitting to a total of 10 felony counts of inducing panic and one misdemeanor.

His attorney, Blaise Giusto told Fox 8, "He's a computer genius. He did not author the emails, but created the prototype or program used by his co-defendants to send them out anonymously."

The emails shutdown Orange High school for three days last November as the authorities investigated.

A judge recently dismissed charges for one of the accused.  A second juvenile pled guilty in July to seven counts of inducing panic.

Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Russo revealed several options of punishment for the third teen today, including spending time in a juvenile detention center until the age of 21. He could also face probation and fines.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Read more about the threat here.

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