11-year-old found guilty of plotting to kill classmates

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by KREM.com

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Posted on October 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 10:51 PM

COLVILLE, Wash. -- A judge found a 5th grader from Fort Colville Elementary guilty on Friday of plotting to kill seven of his classmates in early 2013.

The judge scheduled the 11-year-old to be sentenced on November 8 for 2nd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder. The boy will remain in custody in the meantime.

The judge acquitted the boy of one count of witness tampering.

Defense attorneys called on a psychologist to testify.  The psychologist said he was asked to examine the 11-year-old student for "diminished capacity."

On the stand, the psychologist said the boy appeared to have mental health issues and that the student met the criteria for childhood bipolar disorder.  The boy experienced extreme highs and lows and talked about having unique powers, according to the testimony.

In addition to the psychologist’s testimony Friday, the judge in the case also ruled the court would not dismiss witness a tampering charge and a conspiracy to commit murder charge.  The motion to dismiss had been proposed by the boy’s attorneys.

The fifth grader was one of two suspects arrested in the plot. The other boy pleaded guilty in the spring of 2013. A judge sentenced the boy to three years in a juvenile detention facility.

Court documents said that the boys confessed to plotting to harm seven of their classmates, including one of the boy's girlfriends. Police said that the boys brought a knife, a gun, and ammunition to Fort Colville Elementary School to kill their classmates.

The plan was foiled when another student saw a knife fall from one of the suspect’s backpacks while getting off the school bus. The boy told school staff who searched the students’ backpacks and found the weapons.
 

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