Student charged as adult in Lyman shooting threat

Law enforcement vehicles sit outside Lyman High School last week as officers investigate a reported threat against one of the school’s students. (PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis)

LYMAN — A shooting threat in Lyman last week has resulted in felony and misdemeanor charges for a local teen. 

Brady T. Dean allegedly made a threat against another student at Lyman High School and, according to Lyman Police Chief Kathy Adams, the suspect found himself housed in Sweetwater County Jail, as Uinta County doesn’t have adequate facilities to separate juveniles from adult offenders. 

Uinta County Attorney Loretta Howieson-Kallas said Dean is being charged as an adult. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. Thursday, after press time.

Adams said again Wednesday the threat wasn’t directed at the school, but at one of the students so the decision to close the school was deemed the best action. Adams also said no gun was involved but a threat of violence was made against an individual “whether it be at the school or somewhere else.”

She also said she had talked to the school officials and had been told law enforcement had taken the appropriate action last week with the lockout, which kept anyone from entering or exiting Lyman High School. In addition, she said, the kids weren’t traumatized, and some didn’t even know the incident was taking place.

“We wanted to make sure the schools are safe,” Adams said. “We have to take these things seriously and protect the schools.”

Adams said Dean was arrested within two and a half to three hours from the original report. She said the arrest was made in the community. According to the affidavit in support of the case, Lyman Police Officer Alan Kiefer arrested Dean at approximately 1:44 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9.

According to court documents, Dean is charged with three crimes, which include terroristic threats, and two counts of telephone calls in which he “threatened to commit a violent felony” and in which he threatened to “inflict injury or physical harm to the person.” These alleged incidents occurred April 8-9.

If convicted, Dean could face a prison term of up to five years, $12,000 in fines, or both. Each charge also includes incidental fees for the victim compensation fund and to move the case through the court system.

For the count of terroristic threats, which is considered a felony, punishment could include a prison term of up to three years and a fine up to $10,000, or both. On this charge, “a person is guilty of a terroristic threat if he threatens to commit any violent felony with the intent to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly or facility of public transportation, or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such inconvenience.”

The alleged threats via telephone are considered misdemeanor charges. On the first count of using a telephone to commit a violent felony, Dean could face a prison term of up to one year, a fine of $1,000, or both. 

The final count of using the telephone to allegedly threaten to inflict injury or physical harm could result in a prison term up to one year, a fine up to $1,000, or both.

The affidavit of probable cause for arrest also stated that Dean had been reported by a female subject who didn’t want to be identified and said she had received the information from social media.

According to court documents, Dean and another juvenile were to meet “in a large fight in the Mountain View area.” The affidavit also said a picture of Dean with a firearm had been posted on social media and the student threatened in this incident had received other threats from Dean. In addition, Dean allegedly made threats against other people. Many of the threats reported in the affidavit were rife with cursing.

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