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Merrimack Valley

June 7, 2013

Teen beats rap over Facebook messages

Lawyer claims bombing threats were just rap lyrics

METHUEN — Cameron D’Ambrosio got to sleep in his own home last night for the first time in more than a month since being arrested for allegedly posting threatening remarks on his Facebook page that he would top the Boston Marathon bombing.

The 18-year-old Methuen High School senior was released from the Essex County Jail in Middleton on personal recognizance after the Essex County Grand Jury decided against indicting him on the charge of communicating a terrorist threat – a felony crime that carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

Though D’Ambrosio is due back in Lawrence District Court on June 27, spokeswoman Carrie Kimball-Monahan of District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office said there would be no further prosecution of the case.

“We’re extremely pleased with the grand Jury decision (not to indict) and the district attorney’s decision to dismiss the case,” Defense attorney Geoffrey DuBosque said in an interview last night.

“The family is just extremely relieved to be able to take their son home. He’s been out at Middleton Jail since the date of his arraignment,” DuBosque said of his client.

D’Ambrosio would have graduated this Sunday with his classmates at Methuen High School. But his education and future have been in limbo after he was suspended and while he’s been confined to a jail cell after a judge declared him a threat to the community.

With the charges against D’Ambrosio dropped, it’s not clear whether he will be allowed to make up any incomplete course work and graduate this year. His class is due to graduate Sunday.

“This is the first I’m hearing of the (grand Jury) decision,” Methuen School Superintendent Judith Scannell said last night.

“I have not received a call from the District Attorney’s office. I will be meeting with the high school administration tomorrow to discuss next steps,” Scannell said.

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