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Suspect pleads not guilty to planning attack on Helena schools

Helena High School
Posted at 10:39 AM, Feb 02, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-02 14:03:02-05

HELENA — On Wednesday, a Helena man accused of planning to attack a Helena public school with pipe bombs was arranged in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.

Logan Pallister, 24 years old, entered a plea of not guilty for the charges of attempted property damage by use of fire or explosive, possession of unregistered destructive devices, and possession of an unregistered silencer.

Logan Pallister

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Johnston presided over Wednesday’s arraignment. Pallister was detained pending further proceedings.

Police were advised of a possible school threat on the evening of Monday, May 30, 2022.

Prosecutors allege Pallister intended to maliciously damage by fire and explosive a Helena Public Schools building and that he took a substantial step toward the commission of the offense.

The indictment alleges that Pallister possessed pipe bombs and an unregistered silencer.

Pallister was arrested at his residence the morning of May 31, 2022.