Berwick man gets 3 years for threatening to 'shoot up' Portsmouth High School

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Kyle Hendrickson (Portsmouth Police photo)

CONCORD - A Maine man was sentenced today in federal court in Concord for an online threat he made to the Portsmouth High School on April 12, 2023, and a related firearm charge.

Kyle Hendrickson, 26, of Berwick, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release. A restitution hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 12. Hendrickson pleaded guilty to one count of interstate threatening communications and one count of possessing a firearm in a school zone on Dec. 13.

"The defendant's threat to 'shoot up' the Portsmouth High School sent a terrifying chill throughout the Portsmouth community," said U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young. "I commend the FBI, the Portsmouth Police Department, the Portland Maine Police Department, the ATF, and all of our other law enforcement partners who did an excellent job in quickly locating and arresting Mr. Hendrickson to mitigate the threat and allow students to return to school."

"On behalf of the City of Portsmouth and the members of the Portsmouth Police Department, we would like to thank the U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI, the Portland Maine Police Department, and all other law enforcement participants who assisted with the apprehension of Kyle Hendrickson," said Chief Mark Newport of the Portsmouth Police Department. "His careless actions victimized our community, causing school to be canceled until we could assure our community that there was no longer a threat, and the students could safely return to school.

Hendrickson posted a video to his SnapChat account on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in which he brandished a handgun while in a vehicle outside of the Portsmouth High School. The video includes a text overlay that reads "imma shoot up the school." School surveillance footage placed Hendrickson's vehicle outside the high school at the time of the video. Law enforcement later recovered an AR-15 rifle, a shotgun, camouflage body armor, a handgun holster, a red-dot sight, and numerous rounds of ammunition from Hendrickson's vehicle. The handgun that Hendrickson used in the SnapChat video was also recovered near a motel where Hendrickson had stayed in Maine on the night of April 12, 2023.

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