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PVHS student who threatened others pleads not guilty

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By Andrea Tritschler

Former Prairie View High School student Frank DeFiore has pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated cruelty to animals and two misdemeanor charges for interference with school staff and students and harassment.

DeFiore, 18, threatened to shoot others at school in March and was arrested after harassing a student and posting threatening messages on social media.

The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s office offered DeFiore a m猀椀demeanor plea deal that would have resulted in probation, according to Jacob Woods, an attorney for the district attorney’s office. He did not say what the length of the probation period was to be.

The plea deal is expected to remain on the table until DeFiore’s scheduled trial date of Monday, Dec. 18, at the Adams County Courthouse, 1100 Judicial Center Drive.

Police in March searched DeFiore’s home and found multiple weapons in his bedroom, including a shotgun and an AK-47. Officers also found a blue latex glove containing a dog collar with what appeared to be blood on it.

A classmate’s dog had disappeared months prior to the search of DeFiore’s room. The collar had a tag with name of that classmate’s dog. DeFiore told Brighton Police at the time of the search that he found the dog deceased on a roadway and removed the collar before throwing the dog into a ditch. The dog was never found and is presumed dead, according to the deviation from bond report.

As part of his release on bond, DeFiore submitted to GPS tracking, which prohibited him from getting within a quarter mile of school grounds.

At the same time, school district officials awarded DeFiore his high school diploma.

Police made the felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals after finding the dog collar. DeFiore also is charged with two misdemeanors.

The Class 6 felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals carries a maximum penalty of one year to 18 months jail time and a fine of $1,000 to $100,000. The Class 1 misdemeanor interference charge comes with a maximum penalty of 18 months in jail. The Class 3 misdemeanor harassment charge carries a maximum of six months in jail.

DeFiore’s scheduled trial date is 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at the Adams County Courthouse, 1100 Judicial Center Drive.