Extra security precautions were taken at a football game after police notified school officials. Sullivan said, however, that Foglesong already had been taken into custody at the time.
Plants called the situation a "Catch 22," saying he wants people with violent thoughts and ideations to see a counselor or therapist, but medical professionals are "mandatory reporters" required by law to alert police. He said once law enforcement and prosecutors are aware of any threat to public safety, they have to act.
"Could you imagine what would happen if we didn't do anything and something happened?" Plants said. "That (not-guilty verdict) doesn't mean we were wrong. The evidence was there. He made the statement.
"This was clearly one of those cases where a jury had to decide this person's fate."
He said if presented with the same situation again, he would "do the exact same thing. This doesn't change what he said."
Plants applauded the work of assistant prosecutors Michelle Drummond and Reagan Whitmyer and said they were among the best in his office.
When asked if he thought Foglesong would pose a threat to the public, Plants said he did not know what Foglesong or anyone else would do in the future.
"I pray to God this defendant doesn't go out and hurt someone," Plants said. "But I can sleep at night knowing I did everything I could and my office did everything it could."Other Cops and Courts HeadlinesBelle woman sentenced for robbing bank