3/9/2018 1:27:00 PM Suspect ordered held until next court hearing, this week
A teen suspect in an alleged North Branch High School shooting threat was ordered held; following a hearing to evaluate his release Friday March 2.
The public defender argued that there is not sufficient probable cause for his 17-year-old client, Alexander Andrew Nieman, to contnue to be held. An offer was made to allow house arrest, with electronic monitoring. But Judge Bollman decided the defendant would continue to be held in juvenile detention until a pre-trial scheduled for Wednesday this week.
Nieman is now in adult proceedings although his case continues to be listed under the juvenile court file number. He is charged with a serious felony, alleging he was overheard making terroristic threats to use a firearm at North Branch High School. He was arrested February 24.
He also faces one lesser count of disorderly conduct.
Judge Bollman also wanted a mental health assessment to be done as soon as possible. She was told March 2 the prosecution is attempting to locate a secure treatment facility bed. Asst. County Attorney Aimee Cupelli said it could be April before an in-patient space opens up.