Pamplin Media Group – Tigard man charged in federal court with school shooting threats

Braeden Richard Riess was previously arrested by the Sherwood Police Department for the email threats.

A Tigard man has been charged with a federal felony for allegedly threatening to carry out a shooting at a school in Sherwood, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday, June 17.

Braeden Richard Riess, 26, was indicted by a federal grand jury for transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. He was previously arraigned in Washington County Circuit Court on six counts of first-degree disorderly conduct.

“However, because Oregon law does not provide sufficient means to deal with threats of mass violence, this office has contacted the U.S. Attorney’s office to refer the matter to federal prosecution,” the official said on Friday. Washington County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors say Riess sent an email to an unnamed federal agency on May 15 threatening to kill children at Middleton Elementary School in Sherwood and then kill himself.

Riess was arrested on May 16. Authorities say there does not appear to be an active threat. Riess is currently in custody.

Riess made his first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Youlee Kim You in Portland on Friday to be arraigned. He pleaded not guilty.

A three-day jury trial is tentatively scheduled to begin on August 16.

If convicted in federal court, Riess faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Riess’s case in Washington County Circuit Court is ongoing. The six Class A misdemeanor charges he faces in connection with the alleged threats of violence each carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of up to $6,250.

This case is scheduled to go to trial on July 12.

A spokesperson for the Washington County Attorney’s Office said Attorney Kevin Barton is “actively working” with members of the Oregon Legislative Assembly to change state law to address threats of mass violence in public places, including schools.

State court records show Riess is also being sued in Washington County for criminal mischief associated with a separate 2021 incident.

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