Threat, or bad joke? Trial starts for NH teen accused of soliciting murder at graduation
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Trial began Tuesday for an 18-year-old whose comments about bringing a gun to his high school graduation caused school officials to postpone it.
John Thomas, 18, faces decades in prison on charges of solicitation to commit murder, solicitation to commit first-degree assault and two counts of criminal threatening last June. He has been in jail since the incident, unable to afford $10,000 cash-only bail.
At issue is a comment made to a friend prior to Hillsboro-Deering High School’s graduation: “Am I the only one bringing a loaded handgun to graduation?”