STAMFORD — A Superior Court judge denied a request Friday to reduce the bond placed on Brandon Wagshol, who police say was found with illegal high-capacity gun magazines after expressing an interest in mass shootings.

The 22-year-old Norwalk man has been on house arrest, confined to his father’s Bedford Avenue apartment, since his release earlier this month on $250,000 bond. His attorney, Darnell Crosland, tried to have the bond lowered to $100,000 during Friday’s pre-trial hearing, citing the family’s financial situation.

“In support of this motion, we take the position that since the defendant is on house arrest with GPS and ISP, an extremely high bond only serves to make the family a ward of the state, and unable to support the household,” Crosland wrote in the motion.

The motion, along with another request to return Wagshol and his father’s personal computers, were denied by Judge Gary White.

White, however, agreed to amend Wagshol’s probation requirements. As part of his release, Wagshol has been required to report daily to the office of adult probation in the courthouse. Under the amended agreement, he will only need to report there once a week. Wagshol, charged with four felony counts of illegal possession of large-capacity magazines, will still be required to wear a GPS ankle bracelet.

Wagshol, suspended and temporarily banned from Central Connecticut State University, was arrested Aug. 14 after the FBI National Threat Operations Center received a tip from one of his family members that he was trying to purchase extended magazine clips in New Hampshire.

“Brandon Wagshol is a student at CCSU and as gotten good grades and is supported by the Dean of Students, Mr. Raymond Hernandez,” Crosland wrote in his motion. “However, due to the fact that the case is still pending, he is not allowed to return to the campus and must take online classes. Having posted a $250,000 bond and being supported only by his father, he is without the means to purchase a new computer at this time.”

Police raided his father’s apartment after an investigation revealed Wagshol made a social media post showing an interest in mass shootings, according to a search warrant. Inside the apartment, police said they seized a .40 caliber handgun, a .22 caliber rifle, a rifle scope with a laser, four firearm optic sites, a firearm flashlight, body armor with a titanium plate, a full camouflage outfit, a ballistic helmet, tactical gloves, a camouflage bag, computers, and numerous .40 caliber, .22 caliber and .300 blackout rounds of ammunition, according to the search warrant.

The search warrant said Wagshol had an interest in mass shootings that dated back to 2008, when he was a sixth-grader at Ponus Ridge Middle School. In November of that year, Wagshol threatened to shoot another student using his father’s guns because the other child was making it hard for him to concentrate, the warrant said.

“I’ll make Virginia Tech look like nothing,” he muttered under his breath, the warrant said, in reference to the Virginia Tech shooting in which 33 people died the previous year. Wagshol’s case was later referred to the state Department of Children and Families.

Wagshol was one of three people arrested nationwide in a span of a week for allegedly expressing interest in or threatening to carry out mass shootings. The string of arrests came nearly two weeks after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where more than 30 people died.

Local experts who examined Wagshol’s social media posts following his arrest said there were signs of “self-radicalization.”

In his witness statement, Wagshol, a graduate of Brien McMahon High School and Norwalk Community College, said he drove to New Hampshire to “acquire 30-round magazines and ammunition to circumvent what I viewed as an unconstitutional restriction on the Second Amendment.” However, Wagshol said he did not have any intention of committing a mass shooting “whatsoever.”

Connecticut law defines a “large-capacity magazine” as one that accepts more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Transporting large-capacity magazines into the state is a felony. New Hampshire does not have magazine restrictions.

A week after Wagshol’s arrest, another Norwalk man was charged in Maine, where police said he threatened to carry out a mass shooting.

Jeremy Hugh Rogers, 25, remains jailed on $50,000 cash bond on charges of terrorizing, terrorizing with a deadly weapon and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person.

Rogers, who went to Greenwich High School before dropping out, is scheduled to appear in a Maine courtroom on Monday.

A Norwalk police spokesman said there is “no connection between these two that we are currently aware of.”

Wagshol’s next court date is scheduled for Oct. 4 at Stamford Superior Court.