Devin White pleads not guilty to threats against Mammoth High School

Mono County DA news release


Devin White was in court Monday afternoon for a bail hearing. The judge kept the no bail status in place for Mr. White and the bail hearing was continued for one week to 5/8/18.  Mr. White waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing within 10 days and will have a forensic psychiatry exam prior to the court hearing any additional request for bail.


On April 23, 2018, law enforcement was made aware of a troubling pattern of conduct and statements by student, Devin White, age 18, a senior at Mammoth Lakes High School.

Mr. White’s conduct and statements led law enforcement to take immediate action to prevent the possibility of violence to school staff and students.

Starting late last year in the month of November, several statements of concern were made by Mr. White. In November, Mr. White made a statement to school staff that he wanted to make a bomb.

Then during class, in February of this year, he made a gesture with his hands depicting shooting guns at his classmates. The following day, Mr. White made a direct threat to staff that he was going to “shoot up the school.”

Finally, in April, right before the school’s spring break, staff overheard Mr. White being asked by another student when he was going to do it?

During this time, Mr. White had also indicated to several students that he was going to bring an AR-15 to school.

On April 23, upon returning from the spring break, school officials shared the entirety of this information with law enforcement. Investigators with the Office of the District Attorney, working with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, confirmed that Mr. White did in fact have access to numerous firearms including an AR-15 style, semi-automatic rifle.

Law enforcement was also aware of Mr. White due to several other investigations over the last six months including an alleged vandalism and possession of a Shuriken, a sharp metal throwing device which is illegal in California.

An arrest warrant and search warrant were obtained for the arrest of Mr. White and a search of his parent’s residence where he lives. Mammoth Lakes Police Department, in a joint operation with the California Highway Patrol and the Mono County District Attorney’s Office, executed the arrest warrant on Mr. White the next morning of April 24, and he was placed into custody without incident on his way to school.

At the same time the search warrant was executed by law enforcement at the residence where numerous shotguns, handguns and an AR-15 style rifle were located and seized.

At this time, it is believed that Mr. White was acting on his own and no other individuals are suspected to be involved.

Mr. White was arraigned on April 26, 2018 and plead not guilty to felony charges of criminal threats and possession of a shuriken.

He is currently being held at the Mono County jail without bail. Mr. White’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 30, 2018 for a bail hearing.


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26 Responses to Devin White pleads not guilty to threats against Mammoth High School

  1. Kyle May 19, 2018 at 7:51 am #

    I’ve met the kid and his parents and truly feel he made a dumb comment like most guys his age do.he comes from a good home and he’s not a bad guy.he just picked a stupid time to say it.i personally said way worse things back when I was in school and got a good talking to at school and home then sent to bed after dinner with no sucks the world has changed so much and bad things have happened.locking that kid up and ruining his future is not the way to mark my words he will amount to something great one day and this bad moment in his life will not dictate his future.i know the internet trolls out there will have a field day with my comment but I don’t really care.this is my opinion and I’m intitled to it

    God bless

  2. Low-Inyo May 2, 2018 at 9:47 am #

    sugarmags….Yep, I think so too…the usual slap-on-the-wrist blaming the parents,the teachers….the other students,everyone but himself…then later on, we can place the blame on all of them again if something happens and innocent people suffer.

  3. sugarmags May 1, 2018 at 9:36 pm #

    I seriously doubt either of the felony charges will hold, and rightfully so. Get the kid some help, keep him out of local schools and get him out of the house full of guns (or lock them up appropriately).

    • Inyo local May 2, 2018 at 6:12 am #

      Because it is the gun’s fault, right? Do you realize that the AR-15 style rifle has been around since 1959? Where were all the mass shootings in the 60’s through the 90’s? What changed?

      How about the breakdown of values, morals, family structure, fatherless homes, physchotropic drugs handed out like candy by doctors, violence in tv, movies, music and video games?

      This irrational fear of firearms must stop. Texting and driving kills far more school kids annually than guns do, as do swimming pools, sports and variety of other causes. Just look at the numerous instances of mass attacks with knives. It’s not the tool, it’s the person holding the tool.

      I wish people would focus their SJW powers on ways to actually help people and to better our society rather than looking for every chance to be offended and spark a social media outrage or having an unrational fear of firearms. Most people I’ve spoken with that are rabid anti gun, have no experience or clue about firearms use, existing laws, statistics etc.

      It is a shame soo many people believe what the talking heads tell them to believe rather than forming their own educated opinion. I wish we could go back to a time where neighbors took care of each other regardless of identity politics and when people truly cared about one another’s well being.

      • sugarmags May 2, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

        Whoa dude, take your meds man…I said nothing about the guns being the problem. Assuming the father owned the guns legally, the guns will be released back to the family. Talk about ranting about something that’s in your head. Save us the reading and just rant to yourself dude.
        All I’m saying is that I believe it’s unlikely he’ll be convicted of those two felonies. I still feel that way.

    • Tinner May 2, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

      sugarmags, I bet both felony charges stick, I think they have to, these incidents are no longer taken lightly in this country.
      For some reason I doubt this kid intended on following through with his threats but I’ve been wrong before and nobody wants to be liable for even one student death if Devin White were to receive a slap on the wrist. Can’t blame them.
      I think most of us believe in second chances but nobody wants to be responsible for them when they go wrong.
      I really do hope the best for this kid, if he were to receive a simple slap on the wrist I guess he’s in the right state where more concern is given to the criminal than the victim or in this case the student body and general public.
      Years ago, after the Columbine school shooting I think it was, another Mammoth high school student made a similar threat, he was pulled out of MHS and placed into a local continuation school. After that he moved to Reno, he is now serving a life sentence for a double murder in Reno, one of the victims was a two year old child, fact! Just sayin.

      • sugarmags May 2, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

        WRONG….the Daniel Hill who did those murders was NOT the Daniel Hill who was expelled back around 2008 or so. Daniel Hill would not be anywhere near the age of that murderer. Want to try again?
        I’m not saying White should get a slap on the wrist, I am saying that proving these felony charges is going to be difficult and a plea bargain is likely.

        • Ponyboy May 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

          sugarmags, Tinner is correct. He never mentioned any names, you assumed and that is where you are screwed up and now you look silly.
          Shame on you for mentioning names.
          Do your research, girl.

          • sugarmags May 4, 2018 at 9:14 am #

            I had kids at mammoth high at the same time the Justin thing went on….it didn’t seem at all to be the same as the Daniel Hill incident, or as this one has been portrayed.

  4. Mom May 1, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    A Friend
    Thank you for your support .

  5. A Friend May 1, 2018 at 9:29 am #

    The answer to your question TBundy is just this. Mammoth politics!

    • TBundy May 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

      That was the only conclusion I could come to myself. If he had access to weapons were they removed from the residence? There’s just to many questions and not enough info coming from MLPD. I would feel better if this was being handled by MCSD. I’m left thinking White had access to his fathers weapons.

      How come this bovine fecal matter hasn’t made main stream news? This is the kind of drama they love to run with

  6. TBundy April 30, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    Held without bail is bs. How come Loren Krytzer in Big Pine isn’t being held without bail?

    I read the threats Loren Krytzer made , and I heard the threats he left on voicemail. How to you think law enforcement became aware of Mr Krytzers felonious gun collection?

    So what exactly is the difference here?

    Actually none of you arm chair Adam Henry’s know enough to comment.

    • Low-Inyo May 1, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

      When your stupid enough to (allegedly ) say the things he did,what would happen if he bailed out and then did what he said he wanted to do ?…the “arm chair “Adam Henry’s would be blaming Law Enforcement,the judicial system,and everyone else they could blame for anything that happened.

  7. Almost Native April 30, 2018 at 5:42 am #

    Hello, this is a press release from the DA office.
    Unless I’m missing something here, I say the kid should have gotten detention. The long arm of law is pretty clearly holding a hammer in this case.

    • Carl Sharsmith April 30, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      I agree,, detention. Nothing more.

    • Tinner April 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

      Almost, as well they should. Detention my butt.

  8. Mono Person April 29, 2018 at 8:01 am #

    Wow! Such civility on all sides…a little less name calling, and a little more dealing with the actual issue of the article would be nice.

  9. Low-Inyo April 29, 2018 at 5:09 am #

    Rob….It sure seems like your trying to place the blame for this with every possible avenue you can…above statement,maybe the parent’s fault for having THEIR guns not secured in a gun safe and allowing access to their troubled “little boy “…with the earlier story reguarding this,saying he was probably a “DREAMER”,and shifting the focus onto illegal immigration in the TOML,blaming the press (I guess meaning the Sierra Wave ) for not telling the “entire story”…and then ,I assume,saying he was well within the law,and his Second Amendment rights to have a room full of weapons..then back to the immigration “problem” in Mammoth Lakes,and how I guess Law Enforcement should deal with that…and then bringing up the San Bernardino shootings,actually productive AMERICAN citizens that had a work-place grudge,but ,I guess their names didn’t fit that criteria…sounds like your doing the “SOD defense” (some other dude),and the new American way.. in trump’s America… and shifting the blame and focus on just about everything but him being a stupid kid threatening violence and shooting-up a school…

    • Rob April 29, 2018 at 7:06 am #

      Low-Inyo, it’s not the complicated. It’s the poor reporting that leaves all the questions hanging in the air. It’s as simple as that.

  10. Rob April 28, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

    ” Mr. White did in fact have access to numerous firearms including an AR-15 style, semi-automatic rifle.” Sounds like not his gun and not secured in a gun safe of some type.

    Hey TOML are you aware illegal aliens can’t own guns at all.. Bet you have more then your share of those in town.

    • T-Bone April 29, 2018 at 8:30 am #

      Rob, what do “illegal aliens” have to do with this incident? I’ve read this story twice and nowhere do I see any references to immigrants. Are just spamming every article with your racist BS? Your obsession with this is concerning.

      • Bob May 2, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

        It’s not my phrase I didn’t come up with it,, but Inyo County rednecks don’t refer to TOML as MamMex for nothing. This phrase as been around awhile. Is it racist? I don’t think so.

        I’m married to a Hispanic who is here legally. I also have a daughter with this women. They are disgusted with illegals coming here and demanding anything.

        Quit being you ASAP

  11. A friend April 28, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    Devin White is a good kid I in no way believe he ever meant any harm to anyone. He may have always acted like a tough city kid but if you really got to know him you would see he was a very nice respectful young man. He grew upon a different lifestyle a lifestyle I can very much relate to and Mammoth was a good place for him to end up. For this to happen is a tragedy. I am heartbroken!

  12. Buzz Killington April 28, 2018 at 9:04 am #

    Anthony Weiner texted JoyAnn Reid. Told her to
    try the “I got hacked defense”

    • T-Bone April 29, 2018 at 8:32 am #

      Buzz, you’re commenting on the wrong story, and the wrong site for that matter. Troll someplace else.


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