By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal
OXFORD – Joshua Brandon “Josh” Pillault pleaded guilty Thursday to threatening to attack Oxford High School.
He will be sentenced after the U.S. Probation Service prepares a report for Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills to consider his punishment.
Pillault, 21, of Oxford was indicted on two counts that he planned to injure and kill people, as well as destroy the school, in an attack allegedly planned for the April 2013 anniversary of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado.
Thursday, a hearing was planned for Mills to consider Pillaut’s attorneys’ request to bar an English company’s report about Pillault’s alleged Internet conversation leading up to his arrest.
However, when the hearing began, both sides agreed to certain information as fact and Pillault agreed to plead guilty to one count, that he knowingly made the threat via the Internet.
“He stated that he couldn’t wait to blow brains out of skulls,” his 2012 indictment notes.
Pillault used the alias “Paul Gilbert” in various Internet chats and made the threats to someone in Virginia while playing a computer game called “Runescape,” the government claimed.
Pillault, who once attended OHS but dropped out after some 20 disciplinary actions against him, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine or both for his plea.
Investigators said Pillault’s threats were reported to the Oxford Police Department from Virginia and England. The UK caller worked for a Cambridge gaming center and sent OPD details about the online conversations.
“Gilbert” allegedly told gamers he intended to kill himself but saw it as a waste without killing others first.