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Colville Boy Sentenced After Plotting To Kill Classmates

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COLVILLE, Wash.  - A 10-year-old boy who plotted to attack a classmate at Fort Colville Elementary School has been sentenced to 3 to 5 years in a juvenile detention facility.
    
Stevens County Superior Court Judge Allen Nielson sentenced the boy on Wednesday in Colville.
    
Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen asked for an exceptional sentence that would have put the boy in custody until at least the age of 16.
    
The boy pleaded guilty just before the start of his trial in April. He was charged with conspiracy to commit murder, juvenile in possession of a firearm and witness tampering.
    
The second defendant in the case, an 11-year-old boy, remains in custody.
    
The two fifth-graders were arrested Feb. 7 after officials discovered them trying to sneak a gun and knife into their school.

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TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: #Colville sentencing: both school superintendent and prosecutor are happy with judge's sentence; defense lawyer not available.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: No clear reaction from 10yo boy - or his parents - upon learning sentence of 3 1/4 - 5 years.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Judge sentences 10yo boy to 168-260 weeks for his role in plot to kill classmates, expects parole in 168 weeks.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Judge wrapping up his review of the statements, we should hear the sentencing soon for 10-year-old #Colville boy.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Judge: "Goals are to hold a juvenile accountable, but also protection of the community is an important consideration."

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: #Colville sentencing: Judge Allen C. Neilson now speaking, reviewing statements, about to make sentence for 10-year-old boy.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: 10yo boy speaking: "I'm sorry, I'm also sorry because I know this is a bad thing that I've done." Becoming emotional.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Defense lawyer Helen Hokom: "The community is safe from this young man... .He's already spent 90 days in juvenile jail."

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Defense: "There was no bodily injury that actually happened at all, boy has no criminal history, comes from a dysfunctional family."

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Defense: "The community is not at risk from his being released... What is important is for this boy to be treated"

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Parents of the 10yo boy are holding hands in the courtroom, waiting to hear how long their son will spend in custody.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Father: "We apologize and we're sorry this ever happened. He does need help, but I would like to emphasize he's 10 yrs old."

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Witness who has known the boy for years: "He was lead into this. It's a spiritual thing that needs to be addressed."

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Boy would also go to school at Echo Glen Children's Center in #Snoqualmie. Prosecutors want 2 yrs of parole after release.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS:
Detention Center employee talking about 10-year-old boy going to Echo Glen Children's Center in #Snoqualmie.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Prosecutors are asking for 250-312 weeks for 10-year-old boy charged in plot to kill classmate. Defense to speak soon.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Prosecutor: "This plan doesn't make sense to us. But it made sense to the 10 & 11yo boys. And that's the problem."

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: #Colville sentencing: Mother of intended victim is sitting behind prosecutors, wiping away tears

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: (contd) "make any of her dreams come true. You were willing to take that away from her.... Judge, I don't envy you."

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: (contd) "and if you two boys would have had your way, she would have never grown up, she would have never had the chance to

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Mom of intended victim: "My daughter wants to get married and have kids of her own, wants to be a pastry chef...

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Dr: "I know he has brothers who have done horrible things, but I do not believe he's a risk for commission of violent acts."

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Dr. Hide: 10yo should be held responsible, but "we don't need to ruin this child's life" w jail to age 16

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Dr. Hide: "At the conclusion of the evaluation, I felt quite strongly that he was not a strong risk for commission of further violent acts."

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: #Colville sentencing: judge allowing phone testimony from Dr. Kevin Hide, a child psychologist, from #Spokane

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: #Colville sentencing: The 10-year-old suspect will be given the chance to make a statement in court today.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Judge: this sentencing only affects this 10-year-old suspect, it has no bearing on the 11-year-old charged in the same case.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: #Colville sentencing: only about a dozen people are in the courtroom watching - far less crowded than at previous hearings.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: #Colville sentencing: 10yo suspect just walked in with chains, his father and mother are sitting at the front of the courtroom.

TWEET FROM KHQ'S KELSEY WATTS: Sentencing for 10/yo boy charged in plot to kill classmates is about to begin, will live tweet updates

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