For Immediate Release - April 24, 2007

Central Catholic Student Pleads Not Guilty To Making Threats

Katherine Koontz, 17, of 6 Spring Valley Drive, Methuen, pleaded not guilty today in Lawrence District Court to threats to commit murder, threats to commit mayhem, and threats to commit assault and battery.

Judge Michael Brooks allowed her to remain free on the conditions that she stay away from, have no contact with and not abuse any of the alleged victims in this case, and continue with counseling. In addition she is not allowed to use the Internet. The judge also imposed a bail warning, meaning that if Koontz gets in any further legal trouble while this case is pending, she could be held without bail for up to 60 days.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Jessica Strasnick represented the Commonwealth. Koontz was represented at arraignment by Attorneys Ted Cranney and Tony Capani.

She returns to court on June 1 for a pre-trial hearing.