Judge Declines To Change Bond Conditions For Teens Charged In School Shooting Threat
March 28, 2018
A judge declined to alter the bond conditions for two suspects charged in connection with a shooting threat at a Whitmore Lake school.
18-year-old Eric Gordon Deaton and 17-year-old Michael Gage Perks, both of Whitmore Lake, are charged with false report or threat of terrorism, a felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A probable cause conference was held Tuesday for both in 14-A Washtenaw County District Court in which Judge Charles Pope said Deaton must post 10% of a $25,000 bond if he wants to be released from custody, while Perks will continue to wear a GPS tether. Northfield Township Police received information March 13th from Superintendent Tom DeKeyser regarding a threat to “shoot up a school building” within the district, which was forced to close the following day as officers investigated. Deaton and Perks, along with two other teens, were identified as suspects. A firearm was later recovered as part of the investigation. Charges were denied against a third subject, 17-year-old male, while a 16-year-old juvenile was released pending further investigation. All of the suspects are current or past students of Whitmore Lake schools. Deaton and Perks will be back in court April 3rd for a preliminary exam.