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Athens teen in school gun incident fined $100 after completing agreement


WAUSAU (WAOW) - An Athens high school student convicted of bringing a gun to school and pointing it at another student was fined $100 Monday after he successfully completed a year of what essentially was probation, according to online Marathon County court records.

A year ago, John Bant, then 18, was convicted of two misdemeanors - intentionally point a firearm at a person and disorderly conduct - in a plea bargain that dismissed a more serious felony of possessing a gun on school grounds, court records said.

Sentencing was delayed for one year in a deferred entry of judgment agreement that called for Bant to commit no crimes, to write a letter of apology to the boy and the school detailing how stupid and dangerous his behavior was and to perform 50 hours of community service, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors told a judge Monday that Bant successfully completed the agreement, court records said.

According to police, Bant had .22-caliber Ruger Mark I inside his pickup truck on school grounds March 8, 2017. A friend of his told police that while working on the truck during a shop class, Bant got the gun and pointed it at the classmate.

The friend told police he wasn't scared and didn't think Bant was going to shoot him. The friend waited several weeks before reporting the incident to police.

The school suspended Bant for 10 days after the incident, court records said.

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