Teen Charged In Shooting Threat Bound Over For Trial
March 23, 2018
Bond has been lowered for a local teen charged in connection with a shooting threat at South Lyon High School and his case is headed to trial.
18-year-old Ryan DeBruyne of Green Oak Township appeared in Novi’s 52-1 District Court Thursday morning for a preliminary exam and was bound over to Oakland County Circuit Court for trial. He’s charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism after allegedly sending a friend a Snapchat message on February 16th, asking if he would like to re-enact the Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead. Debruyne and the friend both attend South Lyon High School. The friend allegedly responded “no” and reported the message to authorities the next day. Police interviewed DeBruyne and his family, and no firearms were found in DeBruyne’s possession or under his control following a search of the family’s home and vehicles. Friends, fellow students and their parents attended a previous hearing to voice support for DeBruyne, saying he’s not a dangerous person.
DeBruyne has been held on a $10 (m) million bond since his arrest, which the defense has argued was unreasonable. A judge agreed and a motion by the defense to lower the amount to $100,000 cash or surety was granted. Upon release, DeBruyne will be required to wear a GPS tether and was ordered to have no contact with potential witnesses. He will not be allowed on any school property across the country and cannot have access to cell phones or computers. Future court dates are pending. (JM)