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UMary Student Pleads Guilty to Terrorizing After Facebook Threat

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The University of Mary student who caused U-Mary to go into a lock down because of a facebook post changes his plea to guilty.

He apologized in court for what he wrote on the social media site back in November but Patrick Casas will still have to serve two years of supervised probation as punishment.

"Guilty Your honor."

As part of a plea recommendation, former UMary student and football player Patrick Casas pled guilty to terrorizing, a Class C felony.

Casas also read an apology letter out loud in court.

"I'd like to apologize for my postings on facebook, my actions were immature and inappropriate." says Casas.

In November 2013, Casas posted a facebook message saying he would "make the Virginia Tech shooting look like a game of paintball".

"I'd also like to apologize for the family, staff and student body for putting them in harm's way during the lock down..." says Casas.

The University of Mary south of Bismarck went into lock down because of the post.

"It's something that grabs the attention, a joke, or whatever your posting, becomes a crisis, and that crisis is driven because of how they have gone bad in other jurisdictions." Judge Bruce Romanick.

Nothing came of the threat and Casas was arrested shortly after making the post.

Casas's defense attorney says his client is a good guy, who is in a lot better place.

His parents were also in court from Chicago.

"He and or his parents are working on getting whatever treatment, whatever psychological tests, whatever he needs to move on with this." says the defense attorney of Casas.

As long as he does not break his probation conditions for the next two years, Casas will move on and serve his probation in Illinois.

"I hope you can find a way to please forgive what I did, with the help of God, family and friends, I can move forward and live my life productively." says Casas.

"Good luck sir." says Judge Romanick.

Judge Bruce Romanick accepted the state's recommendation of 2 years supervised probation and 50 hours of community service.

As part of the agreement, he also has to complete individual psychotherapy treatment and send his apology letter to the University of Mary.

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