Student arraigned for making terrorist threat in May against Medina school

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 August 2014 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – An 18-year-old was arraigned in Orleans County Court on a charge of making a terrorist threat, which carries a maximum of 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison.

Mackenzie Barrett was a junior at Medina High School when he was arrested by Village Police on May 18 after allegedly making threats against the school and students on social media.

Barrett has been jailed since then. He won’t be returning to Medina school, but wants to work towards earning his GED, his attorney Dominic Saraceno told the court on Monday. Saraceno works out of the public defender’s office and was assigned to represent Barrett, who pleaded not guilty to the felony charge.

Barrett has one prior misdemeanor. Assistant District Attorney Susan Howard inquired about a psychological exam for Barrett, but told Judge James Punch she wasn’t requesting one. Saraceno also said he wasn’t seeking an exam for his client.

The judge set bail at $20,000 for Barrett, who is due back in court on Sept. 8.