Meridian Star

June 27, 2013

Mental exam ordered in school threat case

The Associated Press
Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. — A federal judge has ordered a mental evaluation for a 21-year-old man who pleaded guilty to threatening to attack Oxford High School.

Joshua Brandon Pillault was charged in October with making threats against the school in a chat room conversation while playing an online game. The threats were reported by a fellow player in Virginia.

He pleaded guilty to one count on June 20 in federal court in Oxford.

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills ordered the evaluation on Tuesday. The order says the evaluation could determine if Pillault needs mental health care.

Mills also directed to the examiner to provide and opinion on sentencing options that could help Pillault get appropriate care.