Hearing in the Case of E-mail Threat to Librarian Will Be Held in February

Let’s hope your patrons are not quite as unappreciative as this particular teen at the Cortez (CO) Public Library.

Resolution in the case of a Montezuma County teenager who used e-mail to threaten a local librarian is scheduled for next month.

Keith Mandelski, chief deputy 22nd Judicial District attorney, said the case against the juvenile is scheduled for sentencing at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19 in district court. Citing state statute, he declined Thursday to comment on the severity of charges the 16-year-old boy faces.

District Attorney Jim Wilson said the youth was charged in the threat incident as a juvenile, not as an adult. In Colorado, court records involving juvenile cases are not available to the public.

The youth sent an e-mail from a Cortez Public Library computer to a staff member at the library on Oct. 15, 2009. The e-mail explained his plan to murder the library’s director, Joanie Howland, during the Nov. 7, 2009, Library Libations event held at the Cortez Journal.