Monday , February 13, 2017 - 12:29 PM
FARMINGTON — A 15-year-old who is accused of bringing guns to school and firing a shotgun into the ceiling of a Mueller Park Junior High School classroom pleaded guilty Monday.
The teenager pleaded guilty to shooting toward a building, a third-degree felony; and theft of a firearm, a second-degree felony. He appeared in 2nd District Court on Monday, Feb. 13, with his parents.
Defense attorney Lindsay Jarvis said her client obtained a weapon Wednesday, Nov. 30, took it to the school the next day and fired one round into the ceiling.
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The teenager originally pleaded not guilty in December to two counts of theft, second-degree felonies; one count of felony discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony; and two counts possession of a firearm, class A misdemeanors.
The Standard-Examiner does not identify criminal suspects who are minors.
Bountiful Police Department Chief Tom Ross told the Standard-Examiner the teenager entered a science classroom filled with students on Thursday, Dec. 1, and fired a shotgun into the ceiling without speaking.
He was disarmed by his parents, who had followed him to school that morning after noticing two of their firearms were missing. The teen’s parents sat at a table in the courtroom, occasionally holding hands and whispering to each other.
After leaving the courtroom, Jarvis said her client was hurting and struggling and his actions at the school were an attempt to get the attention he was seeking.
"He is not a violent kid by any means," she said. "He's a sad kid, and his actions were desperate, and unfortunately this is where we ended up."
Jarvis said several juveniles present at the hearing were there on her client’s behalf.
"The community has been very supportive," she said.
Jarvis said a psychiatric evaluation will be completed.
The 15-year-old will remain at the Farmington Bay Youth Detention Center until his sentencing hearing, which will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in 2nd District Court in Farmington.
Contact reporter Anna Burleson at email@example.com.
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