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Man who threatened shooting at Christian school in Portland sentenced to prison

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Zachariah Peterson, 2015 jail booking photo Zachariah Peterson, 2015 jail booking photo
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man who threatened to shoot teachers, staff and students at a Christian school in Portland has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.

Zachariah Peterson, 30, was arrested in September 2015.

The FBI began investigating after Oregon State Police received an email about a threatening post on an online forum made on Sept. 4, 2015.

The writer claimed to have been abused by teachers and administrators at a Christian school in Portland, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, and said he planned to "mow them down with a shotgun."

The post described starting at the middle school, going to the elementary school and then turning to the students.

The school was not identified by investigators.

The IP address of the poster led investigators to Peterson. Investigators said he admitted making the threatening post.

Police said they found a shotgun, a .22 caliber handgun and two rifles in his home.

Peterson pleaded guilty in March on charges of engaging in threatening communication in interstate commerce and felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced Wednesday to two years and three months in prison.

He was previously convicted in 2007 on felony drug charges of manufacturing, possessing and distributing marijuana, according to the FBI.

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