Olsen Pleads Guilty, Set to be Released

YOUNGSTOWN — On June 2, Justin Olsen, 18, engaged in an online discussion about the 1993 deaths of 75 members of the Branch Dividians sect in Waco, Texas, before posting this statement: “in conclusion shoot all federal agents on sight.”

On Monday, Olsen pleaded guilty to making the statement, which is a federal offense. A second charge will be dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea, and Olsen will be sentenced at 11 a.m. April 14 in federal court, Cleveland.

Magistrate Judge George Limbert set Olsen’s bond at $20,000, and Olsen’s attorney, Jerry Ingram, estimated Olsen would be freed from the Mahoning County Justice Center overnight.

When the magistrate judge asked Olsen to state what his offense was, Olsen, sitting at the defense table dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit and wearing shackles his hands and feet, said: “I threatened a federal agent in the course of his duties.”

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