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May 1, 2014

Former A-Tech student pleads guilty on weapons charge

JEFFERSON — A former A-Tech student charged with bringing weapons onto school property, pleaded guilty, earlier this month, to a lesser charge.

Jordan Wiser, 18, of 504 Parker St., Conneaut, pleaded guilty, in Eastern County Court April 9, to one count of attempted illegal possession of a dangerous weapon or dangerous ordinance in a school safety zone, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was originally indicted in February on one count of illegal conveyance or possession of a dangerous weapon or ordinance in a school safety zone, a fifth-degree felony, according to court records.

Wiser was arrested Dec. 12 when A-Tech’s principal called the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department after someone told him Wiser had made several YouTube videos reportedly demonstrating tactical firearms usage and home defense tactics, according to reports.

School officials approached Wiser in the parking lot and were granted permission to search his vehicle. During the search, officials found a TASER and four gun powder pellets as well as an air pellet rifle and air pellet handgun, a tactical vest and a knife.

It was the possession of the knife that prompted the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office to charge him.

During the plea hearing Wiser, through his attorney William Bobulsky, admitted that the knife was a Smith and Wesson Special Ops model knife, which measured 9-inches in length. Wiser had maintained all along that the knife was a pocket knife, according to reports.

Wiser also admitted that the vest confiscated by ACSO was a tactical vest and not an emergency medical technician vest.

Wiser, who was enrolled in the public safety program at A-Tech, was expelled from the school. During the plea hearing, he apologized to A-Tech officials, Dr. Jerome Brockway and Principal Paul Brocket as well as to the State of Ohio, represented by the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office.

Wiser was sentenced to 180 days in the Ashtabula County Jail and was credited for 13 days already served. The remaining 167 days were suspended, according to court records.

Wiser was placed on two years of probation with terms and conditions including the forfeiture of the weapon, for destruction by the ACSO, and the completion of a minimum of five counseling sessions through Community Counseling Center. Wiser is also to have no contact with A-Tech.

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