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Man Accused Of Threatening Cortland Jr/Sr High School Arraigned On Felony Charges

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Jensen Schack (Cortland County Sheriff’s photo)

The man accused of making an online threat on March 2 against the Cortland Jr/Sr High School was in Cortland County Court Thursday afternoon.

A Cortland County Grand Jury indictment against Jensen Schack, 19, was returned on March 23.

Cortland County Court Judge Julie Campbell told Schack he faces two felony counts of Making A Terroristic Threat.

District Attorney Patrick Perfetti pointed out that the charges are both considered Class D violent felonies, carrying mandatory sentences of a minimum two years to a maximum of seven years in state prison, along with a minimum of three years of post-release supervision.

Schack graduated from the school in 2016. He was living in Chenango County at the time of his arrest. His mother lives in Cortland.

Cortland County Sheriff’s Lt. Todd Caufield said investigators, acting on a tip, found photos and a video of a threat against the school on Schack’s Snapchat account.

Prosecutors requested mental health exams at Schack’s last appearance in Cortland City Court on March 22. Results from exams by a medical doctor and PhD found that Schack is able to understand the proceedings against him, and able to assist with his defense.

As part of the Thursday court appearance, Judge Campbell was asked to reconsider the amount of bail.

Assistant Public Defender Tom Miller pointed out that Schack’s mother was in court, and would guarantee his appearance at all court proceedings.

Miller added that his client had no prior record, there were no injuries, and that he was a lifelong resident of the area in Cortland and Chenango counties.

District Attorney Patrick Perfetti pointed out the very serious nature of the accusations, and that the threat affected school students, faculty, and staff, as well as local law enforcement.

Judge Campbell continued Schack’s bail at $100,000 cash or bond.

Schack reacted by telling his attorney, “They’re just doing their jobs protecting the good people of Cortland.”

A conference of the attorneys is planned in a few days.

 

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