Man accused of ‘terroristic threat’ to undergo psychiatric evaluation

Jensen Schack (Cortland County Sheriff’s Office)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A recent Cortland High School graduate accused of making a threatening social media post aimed at the school appeared in Cortland City Court Monday Morning.

Jenson P. Schack, 19, of Plymouth, was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat Saturday morning after he allegedly posted threatening content toward Cortland High School from his Snapchat account.

Schack appeared in court Monday with his attorney before City Court Judge Elizabeth Burns. Cortland County District Attorney Patrick Perfetti was present to represent the prosecution.

“The charges are very serious in the eyes of my office,” Perfetti said, adding that Schack has previously spent time at a psychiatric institution in Elmira. He recommended that Schack undergo a 730 evaluation to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.

Schack’s attorney initially recommended against the evaluation, but ended up agreeing with Perfetti. Judge Burns indicated she would reach out to the Cortland County Health Department about going forward with the evaluation.

Before the case was adjourned, however, Schack began addressing Judge Burns.

“I don’t get to defend myself?” Schack asked. “I thought that’s what this is about.”

At that point, Judge Burns cut him off and advised him to speak to his lawyer. “I was treated for mental health as a minor and cleared,” Schack continued. Judge Burns again advised him to speak to his lawyer before making any more statements.

Schack was remanded to the Cortland County Jail on $100,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Friday morning at Cortland City Court.

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