CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jurors began deliberating Tuesday afternoon in the trial of Shawn Patrick Foglesong, 40, who faces a charge of making threats of terroristic acts.
In closing arguments, Kanawha County assistant prosecutor Michele Drummond told jurors that what Foglesong said about taking a gun and opening fire at Sissonville High School was a threat.
"A threat alone is all that is required under the law if that threat is willful and is knowingly made. It is not necessary that a person intend to commit a terroristic act -- a threat alone is all that is required," Drummond told jurors.
Foglesong knew what he said was wrong, because of what his Highland Hospital counselor, Jonathan Proctor, testified Monday, Drummond said. As soon as he made the threat, Proctor said, Foglesong told him, "I probably shouldn't have said that."
Drummond reminded jurors that hospital and law enforcement officials took what he said as a threat.
During his stay at the psychiatric hospital last September, Foglesong told Proctor he was having suicidal and homicidal ideations and "thinking of killing someone, up close and personal."
Proctor also testified that Foglesong told him he was scared he might wear a mask to a Sissonville High School football game and open fire, hoping to commit suicide by drawing police fire, Drummond told the jury. Foglesong allegedly said he wanted to commit the violent act around Halloween, when no one would question his wearing a mask.