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Jessamine County school threat suspects plead not guilty to charges

Tristan Kelly (left) and Cody Ritchey (right)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKDY) - The two 19-year-olds accused of spreading a social media threat against Jessamine County schools have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.

Tristan Kelly and Cody Ritchey both appeared in federal court Monday for an arraignment. Their attorneys waived a formal arraignment and entered a not guilty plea.

The two are accused of sending a photo showing a boy with a gun on social media. The post read, "Be ready for school Monday Jessamine County," according to police. The photo was circulated on social media following the school shootings in Parkland, Florida and Marshall County, Kentucky.

Kelly and Ritchey both face charges of spreading false information and harassment. If convicted, each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The trial is set to begin Jun. 25 and is expected to last three days.

There is a chance the two could have their state charges dropped, which could potentially allow them to be released on bond until their trial.

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