Dickinson sent to prison for making a Terroristic Threat
Release Date: October 15, 2012
Brent Dickinson sentenced to up to 3 years in a state prison for threats against unspecified school children in Saratoga County
Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III announced today Brent Dickinson (11-10-78) of 2601 Maple Ave. Apt. 9 Saratoga Springs, NY for was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in a state prison today in Saratoga County Court for "Attempted Making a Terroristic Threat" in violation of sections PL 110.00 and 490.20 (1) as a Class E Felony for a crime that occurred on March 2, 2012.
The case related to his admission of threats against young school children at an unnamed and nonspecific school in Saratoga County. While the specific threat cannot be released, it is alleged that he threatened to torture and kill elementary age school children. Dickinson took full responsibility for sending the emails to the school and to the president. He fully admitted his conduct was criminal in court and understood what he did was wrong. He recognized the nature and character of his behavior and realized that his medication is helping him significantly.
The corresponding but unrelated charge of threatening the U.S. President is still pending with the U.S. Attorney's Office which has been in contact with Murphy's office. Any question regarding that charge should be directed the US Attorney.
Murphy said "We take any threats against children in schools seriously. We’ve seen too many of these people take action on threats that result in death and serious injury. We have to ensure that kids are safe on the bus and at school. We have to assist teachers and administrators in making our schools a place to learn and be safe; not to be worried about threats of violence and danger."
Judge Scarano ordered the defendant to seek counseling and stay on his medication while incarcerated and after he is released.
Murphy said "Mr. Dickinson is presently under the care of a doctor and will continue to be while incarcerated. He will also continue to be medicated during his incarceration and after being released. He has the resources of Saratoga County Mental Health at his disposal in the event he is in need of treatment in the future. "
The Saratoga Springs Police Department and the US Secret Service cooperated in the investigation.
An Order of Protection issued by the judge was granted at the request of Murphy’s Office. The court ordered Dickinson to stay away from all public, parochial and private schools in Saratoga County, the Skidmore College campus, all branches of the YMCA of Saratoga and the Saratoga Springs Public Library.
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