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Charges filed against man whose threats caused Sparta graduation cancellation

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Booking photo of Benjamin Sidie courtesy of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Booking photo of Benjamin Sidie courtesy of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
Sparta, WI (WXOW) -

Felony charges are brought against a man from Iowa who threatened to shoot his family at Sparta High School's graduation.

Benjamin M. Sidie now faces one count of Making Terror Threats as a repeater and one misdemeanor charge of Disorderly Conduct as a repeater. 

He was formally charged Thursday in Monroe County Circuit Court. 

Sidie is accused of sending text messages to estranged family members that he would come to the Sparta High School graduation ceremony, shoot them, then die in a 'suicide by cop' scenario. 

Police and the school district, based on the threats, postponed the ceremony. It was eventually held June 1. 

Sidie was arrested May 28 in Dubuque, Iowa, then extradited back to Monroe County on a Department of Corrections warrant. 

During the court hearing, he was given a $2,500 signature bond, put on electronic GPS monitoring, and not have contact with the estranged family members or their residences. 

He'll return to court on June 18.

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