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Bond reduced for teen who made threats

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 3:34 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 1:58 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – A Crystal Lake teenager accused of threatening high school students had his bond reduced Wednesday by a McHenry County judge.

Trevor A. Pilz, 19, was charged Jan. 31 with a Class 4 felony. Authorities said Pilz wrote on Facebook about shooting students at Harvard High School.

“There’s a fine line between free speech and what is criminal … he went far beyond that line,” Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Zalud said at Wednesday’s bond hearing.

Over the state’s objections, McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather agreed to reduce Pilz’s bond to $10,000. The teen would need to post $1,000 to be released from custody. As of late Wednesday afternoon he had not done so.

Police have said students were not named in the Facebook post.

– Chelsea McDougall

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