LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A judge has sentenced a Diboll man who used social media to make threats at Diboll High School to 10 years in prison. However, he may have a chance to serve a much lesser term.
Nicholas Emilio Flores, 19, had pleaded guilty to third-degree terroristic threat in August.
District Judge Paul White handed down the sentence Friday. White said shock probation will be considered at a later date.
Shock probation is used in some cases when an offender will be sent to prison and then placed on probation. The hope is the offender is "shocked" into having good behavior.
Diboll police arrested Flores last September when Flores sent Snapchat messages to some students in school, insinuating he would do a shooting during a pep rally.
Authorities were able to determine the messages were not coming from within the school or the city limits. Police later tracked down Flores at a Lufkin hotel.
According to the arrest affidavit, several Diboll High School students received messages from the Snapchat user name "dibollian936" claiming that the person wanted to kill a student. The Snapchat user also allegedly indicated that he intended to disrupt the school's pep rally and included icons of guns in the message.
The affidavit stated that the Snapchat messages caused a panic among Diboll High School students, who started calling Diboll ISD staff members, parents, and police.