Teen gets juvenile prison for firing gun in school


Share
Originally Posted Online: March 06, 2013, 9:02 am
Last Updated: March 06, 2013, 10:00 am
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A 15-year-old central Illinois boy who pulled a gun in class and fired shots into the ceiling was sentenced to juvenile prison after he apologized to the students, parents and faculty he terrified that day.

A Normal Community High School teacher tackled and subdued the teen after he fired the shots in a packed classroom on Sept. 7. The school's more than 1,800 students were evacuated to a nearby church. No one was injured.

The boy, whose name is sealed in court records, pleaded guilty but mentally ill in December to weapons charges and unlawful restraint. Eight other counts were dismissed.

"I feel terrible for what I did," he told the court Tuesday. "I feel I served a lot of time and I deserved that time. I would write 100 letters to each person if I could. Even if it shocked their lives, it shocked mine even more."

His public defender, Art Feldman, asked Judge Elizabeth Robb to sentence the teen to five years' probation and mandatory mental health treatment, but she sentenced him to juvenile detention, as prosecutors had requested.

"This date was a horrendous event for the 30 students in the classroom, the parents and the school administrators. It rocked our community," Judge Elizabeth Robb said. "No one ever fully recovers from this."

The state juvenile prison system can keep offenders until they are 21. Feldman said the Department of Juvenile Justice will determine how long the boy remains incarcerated.

Melissa Egenes of Bloomington was one of several parents at the hearing. She said her daughter was in the classroom.

"I felt strong closure," Egenes said.














 



Local events heading








  Today is Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




(More History)