A Blair man was found guilty of third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor, Tuesday in Washington County District Court after sending a text message to his former employer threatening to "shoot up," the business.
Lane W. Alstatdt, 18, pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor as part of a plea agreement. He initially faced a Class 3A felony charge for terroristic threats.
Sentencing is set for Nov. 26.
Altstadt, 18 was arrested Aug. 10.
According to an arrest affidavit, at approximately 6:20 a.m., Blair police were notified by two employees about a picture text message that one of them had received from Altstadt. The message showed a person holding what appeared to be a Panzer firearm. Written on the bottom of the picture were the words "15 screenshots and I'll shoot up" the business, located in the 2100 block of South 19th Street.
Both employees expressed concerns because Altstadt had been fired the previous day.
Blair police officers and Washington County sheriff's deputies contacted Altstadt at his home in the 1600 block of Nebraska Street.
Altstadt allegedly admitted to sending the text, but said he didn't take the photo. He claimed he received the picture from another person who had gotten it from someone else.
When asked why he sent the photo, Altstadt said he was angry about getting fired. He later claimed he only sent it to the person to tell him about the image. However, according to police, he provided no context with the photo.