AZ teen sentenced for making scary clown threats

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Booking photo of Alonzo Vargas. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Booking photo of Alonzo Vargas. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A former student at a high school in Avondale accused of making scary clown threats last October was sentenced Monday morning.

A judge ordered Alonzo Vargas, 18, to serve three years' probation and perform 40 hours of community service. 

Vargas originally pleaded not guilty to one count of interfering with an educational institution but changed his plea to guilty in early January.

Vargas was arrested last October after he posted an online screen shot of a clown with text that indicated students and faculty at Westview High School would be hurt.

Police said Vargas told investigators that the post was meant in fun and he didn't believe anyone would take it seriously.

He was later indicted by a county grand jury on charges of threatening an educational facility and threatening and intimidating.

Vargas was sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court.

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