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Second ex-student in Mundelein High bomb threat pleads guilty
By Tony Gordon | Daily Herald Staff

James Voss

 

Dylan Britt

 

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Published: 1/27/2009 5:28 PM

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The second of two former Mundelein High School students charged with e-mailing bomb threats to the school has been placed on probation after pleading guilty.

James Voss, 18, must also write a letter of apology to the school as part of his sentence.

Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Mary Stanton said Voss, of the 1100 block of Crystal Street, and Dylan Britt, of the 1300 block of Marlbourgh Court, both in Mundelein, sent the messages on Jan. 25, 2008.

Britt used the stolen Internet identity of another student and a computer at the school to send the first message at 9:59 a.m. that day.

The message, which went to several administrators at the school, said a bomb was going to explode at 10:10 that morning.

Voss e-mailed a second threat to the same administrators at 11:55 a.m. from a computer at his home.

Police were notified and the school was ordered locked down until it was determined the threat was not legitimate.

The school's technology department helped determine who sent the messages and Voss and Britt were arrested a few days later.

Both were originally charged with falsely making a terrorist threat, a felony with a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

But Stanton agreed to reduce the charge against both to felony disorderly conduct in exchange for their guilty pleas.

Britt pleaded guilty in November and was also placed on probation.

In accepting Voss' plea Monday, Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti also ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service and to pay a $100 fine.