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Former Chippewa Valley student gets jail time for threat

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published September 10, 2018

 Jacob Graham

Jacob Graham

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A school shooting threat has landed a former Chippewa Valley High School student behind bars.

On Sept. 5, in Macomb County Circuit Court, Judge Carl Marlinga sentenced Jacob Graham, 18, to one year in jail for a school-related shooting threat. He received 79 days of credit for time already served.

As part of the sentence, Graham was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine, and he received five years’ worth of probation — during which time he must not possess any weapons, he must stay 500 feet away from gun ranges, he cannot be on social media, he cannot have contact with Chippewa Valley High School and he must remain at least 500 feet away from the school. He was also ordered to take a class on impulse control.

Graham was arrested March 2 after posting a photo on social media with a gun and making a reference to a mass shooting. In April, he was bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court, and in July, he pleaded guilty to a false report or threat of terrorism and malicious use of telecommunications services.

The threat came about two weeks after the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died.

Graham’s offense was punishable by up to 20 years in prison for the terrorism-related threat, and another six months for the phone misdemeanor.

At press time, Graham’s attorney, Scott Kozak, could not be reached for comment.