Piqua man pleads guilty in school threat case

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@aimmediamidwest.com



MIAMI COUNTY — In Miami County Common Pleas Court Thursday, a Piqua man entered guilty pleas to two felony charges stemming from threats to “shoot up” his minor “girlfriend’s” school last May.

William C. Ingle, 22, of Piqua, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree felony making false alarms and fourth-degree felony pandering obscenity on Thursday.

Judge Christopher Gee accepted the guilty pleas and set Ingle’s sentencing date for Dec. 17. Ingle could spend a maximum of four and a half years in prison and a fine up to $15,000 for the offenses. Ingle will also be designated a Tier II sex offender and will have to register every 180 days with the county sheriff’s office for 25 years. He was also ordered not to reside within 1,000 feet of a school, pre-school or daycare facility.

Ingle was arrested on May 22, after a co-worker of his contacted Piqua police to report threatening statements Ingle allegedly made about “shooting up” the Piqua Junior High School, using explosives at the school, and referring to other school shooters as “amateurs.”

According to Miami County Municipal Court records, Ingle was overheard talking about shooting up the school because his 14-year-old girlfriend was “being bullied there.” Ingle also allegedly discussed how he would carry out a mass shooting at the school, although he told his coworker that he did not own any guns.

According to court records, Ingle admitted to making the statements to “shoot up the school,” but stated that “he was very sorry and had no intentions of following through with this attack.” Ingle also admitted to being in a relationship with a 14-year-old girl.


By Melanie Yingst