MOUNT JOY, Pa. (WHTM) – Colton Yeager left a preliminary hearing on Tuesday in shackles and an orange jumpsuit, but that might be the last time he is seen in those clothes.
The 18-year-old is the one who was charged with making threats last week that derailed his graduation at Manheim Central.
During Yeager’s preliminary hearing at District Justice Scott Albert’s office, which is in Mount Joy, Yeager’s defense attorney, Robert Beyer, said it’s only a matter of time until his client gets to go home.
“He’s a little anxious about when he gets home and the people in the community,” Beyer said. “Frankly it’s time for the community to move on and for the students to move on and put this behind everybody.”
Yeager had been facing felony charges after his arrest because court documents show another student heard the 18-year-old reference the shooting at Columbine during a graduation practice at the LCBC Church, which is outside of Manheim.
Beyer argued there was a lack of evidence which lead to reduced charges for his client.
Judge Scott Albert ultimately agreed and changed Yeager’s charges to misdemeanor and reduced his bail.
“The perception was far blown out of proportion as to what actually is on the record,” Beyer said. “But to be sure there was absolutely no threat and the police are convinced of that and have been since the beginning.”
Beyer said his client would post bail on Tuesday and would be released from the Lancaster County Prison.
In a statement provided to ABC 27 News, a spokesman for the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office said they were okay with the reduced charges, but added the timing of Yeager’s statement is what caused concerned.
Yeager is scheduled to formally arraigned on his new charges in July.