HUTCHINSON – Charges were read this morning to a Hutchinson man arrested last week after information came to the attention of police regarding threats to commit mass violence.
Andrew Patterson is charged with attempted terrorism and two counts of criminal threat. The attempted terrorism charge was filed by Reno County District Attorney Tom Stanton under two alternative theories, one involving “the civilian population” and the other specifically referencing Hutchinson Middle School-8.
Patterson can be convicted of one or both attempted terrorism charges, but can only be sentenced on one. As this is an off-grid felony, it would carry a minimum 50-year prison sentence. The criminal threat charges involve threats made against Dillons Warehouse and a named individual.
After appointing legal counsel, Magistrate Judge Daniel Gilligan set a waiver-status hearing for July 13th. Patterson remains in custody on what is now a $3 million bond.