Jury trial set in case against man accused of threatening FSU
Suspect remains lodged on $1 million bond
REED CITY — A Reed City man accused of making threats to Ferris State University and other organizations is expected to stand trial in January.
Arnold Duane Holmes Jr., a former FSU student, is scheduled for a jury trial Jan. 21 in Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court. The trial date was set following a settlement conference Dec. 6.
Holmes was charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor count, including false report or threat of terrorism, using a computer to commit a crime and malicious use of service provided by a communications carrier. He also was arraigned as a habitual offender, second offense.
According to court records, the felony charge of using a computer to commit a crime carries with it a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
The charges against Holmes stemmed from events in August, at which time law enforcement personnel became aware of videos posted online by Holmes threatening FSU, area hospitals, the veterans affairs office and military police personnel.
Holmes was arrested at his residence shortly after police discovered the videos and obtained an arrest warrant authorized by the Osceola County Prosecutor's Office.
A news release from the Michigan State Police at the time of the incident stated there never was a physical threat to any of the organizations or businesses Holmes mentioned in the videos.
Holmes is lodged at the Osceola County Jail awaiting trial, with bond set at $1 million.