Judge to decide if confession of former LC student accused of online threats will be thrown out

The attorney for Ryan Lee has filed a motion to suppress an alleged confession made by the teen. A judge will rule on the motion Thursday afternoon.

Lee was arrested multiple times in mid-2018 and early 2019 on accusations he sent threatening Instagram messages to a female student who attended Lewis and Clark High School. Messages from the same account included threats of general violence at the school.

In court Wednesday morning, Lee’s defense attorney Carl Oreskovich argued the teenager’s initial arrest was unconstitutional. Oreskovich claimed detectives pulled his confession from a traffic stop on May 30, 2018, after detectives followed a car that pulled out of the Lee family home.

Lee, his sister and mother were inside. Oreskovich said they were questioned about the investigation and then instructed to go to detectives headquarters where Ryan allegedly confessed.

Oreskovich claimed the traffic stop was illegal in the first place, thus requesting the subsequent confession be suppressed.

Judge John Cooney said he would review police body camera video showing the traffic stop and rule on Oreskovich’s motion Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

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