Ryan Ricco, an 18-year-old former District 225 student, was indicted Jan. 4 by a Cook County grand jury on three felony counts stemming from a Dec. 8 threat on Facebook to bomb Glenbrook North and South High Schools.
The charges were announced Tuesday at a status hearing in Cook County Criminal Court in Skokie by Deputy Cook County State's Attorney Glen Runk. The Northbrook resident will be arraigned on the charges at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 3, where it is likely he will enter a plea.
Ricco is accused of threatening to bomb Glenbrook North High School and walk into Glenbrook South High School with a bomb strapped to him, according to court records. Ricco originally made the threat via Facebook to a female Glenbrook South student Dec. 8 and was charged later that day after the student's mother reported the communication to Glenview Police.
Ricco was indicted on two felony counts of false terrorist threats, a Class 1 felony that carries a prison term of four to 15 years, according to Cook County State's Attorney spokesmann Andy Conklin. He is also charged with felony disorderly conduct, a Class 3 offense with a two- to five-year prison sentence, Conklin said.
Additionally, a misdemeanor claim of illegal possession of fireworks will be tried with the other counts, Judge Timothy Chambers explained.
Chambers also modified the terms of Ricco's $250,000 bond, allowing him to attend Camelot School--a therapeutic institution in Des Plaines--according to a statement made by Ricco's attorney Steven Weinberg. Weinberg would not comment further to Patch. Ricco's bond is still subject to electronic monitoring.
In addition to the criminal charges, a civil no-stalking order attached to the case was extended to Feb. 3. This order prohibits any contact with the female student Ricco communicated threats to via Facebook, according to state's attorney spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.
The prosecution asked Chambers for a long-term protective order, called a plenary order, barring Ricco from any contact with Glenbrook High School District 225. This will also be determined at the Feb. 3 hearing.
Ricco appeared in court with his parents, Denise and Gary Ricco.