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New plea change hearing for suspect accused of game threat

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A magistrate judge rescheduled a change of plea hearing for a man accused of threatening a shooting at Ohio State University and vowing to hurt players on the football team.

Such changes of plea hearings are typically held when a defendant switches a plea from not guilty to guilty.

An indictment unsealed late last year in federal court in Columbus accuses Daniel Rippy of making the "electronic communication" threat from California during the game between Ohio State and the University of Michigan in 2018. The game was played in Columbus that year, and Ohio State won 62-39.

Rippy threatened a shooting at the school and said: "I'm seriously going to hurt the students and all of the players from the football team," according to the Sept. 26 indictment.

Rippy previously entered a not guilty plea before Judge Algenon Marbley, who ordered him to remain in detention. Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King rescheduled the hearing Thursday without providing details from June 18 to July 1.

Rippy's attorney has declined to comment before the hearing.

Updated June 4, 2020

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