Apr 11, 2013 4:15 PM by Eric Ross
GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) - A prosecutor says he approved a no-jail plea deal for a 28-year-old man who made bomb threats against Flint-area schools because of the defendant's mental health disability.
Jeffrey D. Cox pleaded no contest Wednesday to malicious use of a telecommunications device, a misdemeanor.
Defense lawyer Michael Manley said the deal was reached after he provided extensive documentation to prosecutors that showed his client is mentally disabled.
"My client is severely disabled with Asperger syndrome and autism," Manley told MLive.com.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said he took Cox's disability into consideration when the agreement was made.
"He's severely impaired," Leyton said. Police also agreed with the deal, Leyton said.
Cox was arrested in September on charges of making a false bomb threat and using a computer to commit a crime. Authorities say Cox made an email threat against Grand Blanc High School and two middle schools.
Cox is to pay $5,600 in restitution police costs and refrain from computer use. A sentencing hearing in 11 months will determine if Cox is meeting his restitution promise.