UPDATED The Portage County Grand Jury issued a "no bill" and refused to indict Koberna on the more serious felony inducing panic charge, instead dropping it down to a decided on Friday, August 3 The Brunswick college sophomore facing criminal charges after posting threats to the Kent State campus and President won't have to worry about classes in the next term.
The Grand Jury instead opted for a telecommunications harassment charge, a misdemeanor, and Koberna was arraigned on the lesser charge. If convicted, Koberna could face up to six months in jail. He was released from lockup after posting bail and no longer required to wear the GPS tracker originally ordered to make sure he complied with a judge's order to stay off campus and away from Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton.
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At least for the short term.
The University today put 19-year old William Koberna on “interim suspension” pending the criminal charges he's facing over what police say was his outburst on Twitter. The University could hand down a permanent suspension or expulsion once the criminal case is resolved.
Koberna was arrested Sunday night at his parent's home after the tweet (web posting) was discovered online by a Kent State employee, who relayed concerns to the University's police department.
Police interviewed Koberna Saturday evening after the social media website Twitter confirmed the identity of his account; the post had been made using a pseudonym. They filed charges Sunday morning.
Koberna has pleaded not guilty to felony inducing panic and misdemeanor aggravated menacing charges. He's on a $50,000 bond and wearing a GPS monitor to comply with court orders that he stay off the Kent State campus and away from KSU President Lester A. Lefton.
Koberna has another court date on Friday.