A 10-year-old Washington state boy was sentenced on Wednesday to up to 5 1/2 years in a juvenile detention facility for his role in a foiled plot to rape and kill a girl at his school and harm other children.
The boy was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, juvenile firearm possession and witness tampering in connection with a plot in February at an elementary school in Colville, Washington, about 345 kilometres east of Seattle.
Prosecutors said he pleaded guilty last month to all charges.
The fifth-grade boy told investigators he and his friend had planned to kill a former girlfriend because she was “rude” and “always made fun” of him and friends, according to court documents.
They plotted to entice the fifth-grade girl away from their elementary school, the court papers stated.
The 10-year-old had taken a functional Remington Model 1911 pistol that originally belonged to his grandfather from his older brother’s room, according to court records.
The boys had also packed ammunition and a knife, but they were stopped on Feb. 7 shortly after they boarded a school bus.
A fourth-grade student spotted the knife and reported it to a teacher’s aide. The names of six other targeted classmates were on a list the boys had, Stevens County prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said.
Stevens County Superior Court Judge Allen Nielson sentenced the boy to a minimum of just over three years in juvenile detention and a maximum of nearly 51/2 years, Rasmussen said.
The 10-year-old boy will serve his sentence at the Echo Glen children’s juvenile center in Snoqualmie, Wash., 70 kilometres east of Seattle. He has already spent 97 days in a local juvenile detention facility, Rasmussen said.
Source: The Globe and Mail
Read Breaking Boy News’ previous article on this case.
Update: Turns out we’ve written twice before about this case! Here’s the second Breaking Boy News article. Hard to keep track of these little rascals!
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