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11-Year-Old Sentenced To 3-4 Years In Colville School Murder Plot

A judge sentenced at 11-year-old boy to 3-5 years in juvenile detention for his role in a school murder plot. The first boy, age 10, was sentenced to a similar punishment back in May. A judge sentenced at 11-year-old boy to 3-5 years in juvenile detention for his role in a school murder plot. The first boy, age 10, was sentenced to a similar punishment back in May.
COLVILLE, Wash. -

A former Fort Colville Elementary student will spend the next 3-4 years in juvenile detention after being found guilty conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, a judge ruled Wednesday.

The sentence is similar to that given to his 10-year-old friend who was also found guilty in the plot to rape and stab to death a fifth-grade girl who they found "annoying." A "kill list" naming six other students was also recovered after another student saw a gun and knife fall out of a backpack on the morning of February 7th and told a teacher.

In court Wednesday, prosecutors argued the boys had every intention of carrying out the plot; one of them would stab the girl and the other would use the gun to keep anyone who may intervene at bay. Stevens County Deputy Prosecutor Lech Radzimski told the court it's only because of that student who spoke up that everyone left school that day with their lives.

"There was no provocation, in fact this was a cold, calculated act," Radzimski said. "[The 11-year-old] has placed blame at everyone's feet but his own. At the very beginning he told [a staff member] this was the victim's fault. That he was being bullied, that she was being annoying and that's why she needed to die."

Stevens County Probation Officer Jerrie Newport recounted what the 11-year-old told her in regards to whether he had remorse:

"When I asked him if he felt bad or sorry for what he planned to do February 7th, he said he did, he casually said he had a change of heart and that the girl didn't deserve that," Newport testified. "When I asked him if he was glad the victim did not die that day, he only said he's glad the girl is not around him and that she's out of his hair."

After the plot was discovered and communicated to Fort Colville parents, 15% of the student body was absent the next day and ultimately 10% left the school, staffers testified. Even as recently as two weeks ago a student came forward, saying he was still concerned about his safety at school.

"Many of the children were scared and confused about what happened," Fort Colville Mental Health Specialist Deborah Rogers said in court. "Parents were calling, asking if their children were on the 'kill list,' children were worried they were on it because they'd made [the boys] mad at some point, they asked 'Were they really going to kill people?'"

"The plan was to shoot anyone who intervened, it could have been anyone," Richard Payette, head of discipline at Fort Colville added. "The students realize that, the staff realize that."

However, more than a dozen people testified on behalf of the boy and his grandparents (who are his guardians), saying he's a good kid who has always struggled with being bullied because he is different than the other kids. Mental health specialists who evaluate the boy believe he shows rare signs of adolescent bi-polar disorder and has a difficult time separating fantasy from reality.

"It was so contrary to everything I know about [him] and so opposite to the boy I know," his grandmother told the judge, referring to finding out at the school that day what her grandson had been accused of. "Even now my heart and mind say there must be some mistake. This can't be. [He] would not do these things, say these things or hurt anyone."

"He was just a kid in the wrong place at the wrong time, and one mistake happened," the boy's grandfather added. "This could affect him for the rest of his life and I don't think one incident should affect a child's whole life."

The boy's grandfather also told the judge, "I keep blaming myself, just show us some mercy, please."

The boy will serve his 3-4 years at Glen Echo Children's Center in Snoqualmie, Washington - the same place the 10-year-old co-defendant is serving his time. The orders from the court are that the two boys be kept separate.

The 11-year-old's defense attorney is filing an appeal of his conviction.

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