A teen was sentenced to nine months in jail for his part in a school threat last year, but because of the length of time he has spent in custody awaiting resolution of his case, he will serve no additional time.
Tre’Shawn Moore-Thomas, 18, was initially sentenced to two years of probation last August after he pleaded guilty to charges of “using a computer message to threaten harm,” disorderly conduct and obstructing police.
The charges were related to a social media threat that led to Indian Trail High School and Academy being shut down for a day in February 2018.
Moore-Thomas, then 17, had shared a Snapchat message a friend had sent about shooting up the school.
Both teens said they had been joking — Moore-Thomas tried to defuse the situation in several follow-up messages — but the threat quickly spread and led to the school shutdown while it was being investigated.
Moore-Thomas’ probation was revoked when, in March, he accidentally shot a 15-year-old friend with an AR-15 rifle. In that case — for which Moore-Thomas is charged with injury by negligent use of a weapon — he was staying at a friend’s house and picked up the rifle, which his friend owned, and the weapon went off, striking the friend’s 15-year-old brother.
“I realize I shouldn’t have been around a firearm,” Moore-Thomas said in court Tuesday. “I realize this isn’t a game.”
Following the recommendation of a probation agent, Judge Bruce Schroeder sentenced Moore-Thomas to nine months in jail.
However, because he has 317 days of jail credit for time spent in custody during the court process, he will not spend any additional days in jail.
Schroeder said in court that he was disappointed that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections revoked Moore-Thomas’ probation on all three charges because it did not allow him to keep the teen on supervision for any period of time.
Moore-Thomas is still awaiting trial on the firearm charge. He could be sentenced to up to 18 months in prison if convicted in that case.