QUEENSBURY — The Queensbury man who allegedly made email threats to a school and municipal center more than 18 months ago has rejected a plea deal offer.
Darrell S. Royce was charged with two felony counts of making a terroristic threat in connection with May 11, 2017 threats that resulted in the county Municipal Center closing for half a day and Queensbury schools being evacuated.
He was in Warren County Court on Wednesday for a “possible plea,” but the case was instead postponed until March 6 so lawyers could have a conference to discuss issues in the case and possible resolutions.
His lawyer said the plea deal offer does not include jail time, but would include a plea to a felony charge.
“Hopefully, we can come up with something that’s fair for everybody,” Warren County Judge John Hall told him.
Royce, 47, told Hall he has a Family Court hearing scheduled for Feb. 22 in a related case.
The charges stemmed from threats that were sent through the county website and a school website, threatening to blow up buildings.
The wording of the threats was not released, but Warren County sheriff’s officers said it was apparent by the timing and phrasing that they came from the same person.
He is accused of writing the phrase “tic toc” and referencing targeting children in the messages, but police said he would not speak with investigators so his motive was unclear. Royce had been involved in earlier interactions with the county Department of Social Services, but authorities have not detailed that interaction.
Sheriff’s officers said computer Internet Protocol information led to his arrest. Searches of the school campus and Municipal Center turned up no explosives or threatening material, and there was no indication Royce planned to follow through on the threat.
Royce’s lawyer, Martin McGuinness, said the plea offer was “up in the air” but he hoped the case could be resolved. Warren County was seeking $14,000 in restitution for the lost work time that employees incurred, as they were paid for the time the Municipal Center was closed.