COLVILLE – An 11-year-old implicated in a plot to kill a classmate last year has responded well to treatment and will be released in time to return to school for his eighth-grade year. Wearing high-top sneakers, an orange polo shirt and glasses, the boy came with his parents to court, where Stevens County Judge Allen Nielson on Thursday cut his sentence by about half. The decision came at the recommendation of prosecutors and defense attorneys. He will now spend a total of 128 weeks in custody.
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COLVILLE – A Stevens County judge was asked Wednesday to decide whether the shackled 11-year-old boy seated before him, convicted of conspiring to murder a female classmate, posed a threat to society or was a victim of its failures. Ordering a sentence of more than four years, Judge Allen Nielson said releasing him would be a disservice to the community, rocked by the revelation in February that two Fort Colville Elementary students had smuggled weapons into the school with what police said was an intent to kill.
A Colville judge sentenced an 11-year-old boy to three to four years in juvenile detention today for his role in plotting to kill a girl in his class.
Even after their arrest, two Colville fifth-graders suspected of sneaking a gun and knife to school as part of a plot to kill fellow classmates at recess last week continued to discuss murderous plans for whoever tipped authorities, new documents allege. “If I find out who told them about our weapons I’m going to kill them,” one of the boys was overheard by a police detective saying to the other as they waited for transport to a juvenile detention facility in Spokane. “I don’t care when I get out of jail I’m going to come back and kill them.”