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Former Lewis and Clark student charged in school shooting threats to plead guilty

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Ryan B. Lee, 19, who is charged with harassing girls and threatening to shoot up Lewis and Clark High School, is seen in this courtroom photo from January. Lee is scheduled to plead guilty and face sentencing next week. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Ryan B. Lee, 19, who is charged with harassing girls and threatening to shoot up Lewis and Clark High School, is seen in this courtroom photo from January. Lee is scheduled to plead guilty and face sentencing next week. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

A former Lewis and Clark High School student accused of making violent online threats and harassing classmates will plead guilty to unknown charges and face sentencing on Thursday.

Attorneys for Ryan B. Lee, 19, would not comment on the details of a plea deal Friday. The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office also declined to comment through a spokesman.

A change of plea and sentencing hearing is scheduled before Superior Court Judge John Cooney, who last month threw out an alleged police station confession made in May 2018.

Investigators allege Lee posted a school shooting threat on Instagram, which led hundreds of students to stay home the next day. He was arrested again in January, after additional threats were made via a different social media account.

Lee’s attorneys argued that forensic evidence didn’t show a link between their client and the threats. They also convinced Cooney that the confession was made during an unlawful arrest.

Lee faces multiple criminal counts, including cyberstalking, harassment and violation of a court order. A trial had been scheduled to begin in January.

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