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20-year-old sentenced to 5 years in prison after attempting to blow up Cuyahoga Falls High School

Allen Martin Kenna also threatened an elementary school in Manhattan, Kansas.
Credit: Cuyahoga Falls Police Department

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — Allen Martin Kenna, a 20-year-old male from Cuyahoga Falls, has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in August 2021 to plotting an attack on Cuyahoga Falls High School and making threats to an elementary school in Manhattan, Kansas.

“This defendant openly threatened to attack children while they attended classes at a local high school,” said U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan. “That he also engaged in reconnaissance efforts to prepare for such an attack and possessed the components, including ammunition, to construct the improvised explosive device he intended to use, demonstrates how very real this threat was for the children he targeted. The exceptional work of our local, state and federal partners prevented this attack. We remain grateful for their selfless dedication to protecting the residents of this District.”

In February 2020, Kenna was charged with attempted use of an explosive device and interstate communication threats.

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Kenna attempted to use explosive devices to damage and destroy buildings associated with Cuyahoga Falls High School. He also made threats via the phone to a Kansas elementary school by calling the Fort Rily Sheriff's Office, stating that he was holding a hostage inside of the school and that he would injure any person attempting to enter the school.

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Over the summer, the defendant pleaded guilty to the original charges from the 2020 incident.

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