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Neil Prescott charges dismissed

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Citing defective charging documents, a judge Tuesday dropped the charges against a man who allegedly told his coworkers that he would "load his guns and blow everybody up."

Prescott, who had a large cache of weapons, was charged only with telephone misuse. Photo: Associated Press

Neil Prescott, a 28-year-old Crofton man, was arrested last July after he allegedly told a co-worker at his Pitney Bowes office that he was going to "load his guns and blow everybody up."

Prince George's County District Court Judge Patrice Lewis said Tuesday that she agreed with a defense lawyer's argument that the court documents charging Neil Prescott are "defective" and unfairly vague in describing the allegations. 

Charges were dismissed because, when describing the crime, the judge said the state should have used the word "and" rather than "or."

Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks told reporters her office will review the facts and decide whether to re-charge Prescott.

The threat came at a state of extremely high tensions about gun violence in the United States, just a week after a gunman shot and killed more than a dozen people at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater.

Prescott allegedly made two separate threats, including one during which he said he'd like to see the brains of his boss "splattered all over the sidewalk."

After his arrest, however, Prescott was only charged with misdemeanor misuse of a telephone because prosecutors faced a lack of evidence to charge him with anything else. Maryland State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said that a stash of guns found at Prescott's home was completely obtained legally.

Prescott was supposedly about to be fired from his job as a subcontractor at Pitney Bowes when he made the call. His cache of weapons included several semi-automatic rifles and pistols, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Authorities will return the weapons they confiscated from Prescott.

Alsobrooks says this is a good reminder the state of Maryland needs laws that will help go after people who threaten mass violence.

In the last Maryland legislative session, there was legislation introduced but it died in the senate.

Alsobrooks says she will work with state leaders to once again push for new legislation.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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