Yates Defends Virginia Beach Teen Accused of Terrorism
Two Virginia Beach Teens Arrested and Charged with Conspiracy to Commit an Act of Terrorism
On Saturday, June 9, 2018, 2 Virginia Beach teens were arrested charged with conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism at The Westin Hotel, where the Bayside High School prom was being held that night.
It all started when a 17-year-old boy posted a video on Instagram, in which he is thought to have said “ya f****** dead.” After viewing the previous video in which the boy and 18-year-old Michael Coleman were shown handling guns and referencing The Westin, Virginia Beach police interpreted the boy’s statement as a threat, though the boys did not make any references to Bayside High School or prom.
Earlier that night, Coleman had tried to enter prom and was approached by law enforcement, at which point he ran away and attempted to dispose of a 9mm gun. The boys were ultimately found in a hotel room at The Westin, where police also found a rifle and ammunition, which were Coleman’s legally owned property, along with multiple bottles of alcohol. After obtaining a warrant and searching the boys’ hotel room while Coleman was away, they arrested the 17-year-old (who was in the room at the time) and charged him with conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.
Attorney Yates Saves Teen from Unfair, Rushed Criminal Charges
With the help of Attorney George Holton Yates, Virginia Beach police dropped the charges. Though Judge Tonya Bullock, who presided over the case, said the videos were troubling and embarrassing for the Virginia Beach community, police could not present sufficient evidence to charge the 17-year-old with conspiracy to commit terrorism. There were no explicit threats against Bayside High School students, nor was there any express desire to harm Bayside students on the night of their prom. As such, police dropped the 17-year-old’s charges.
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