Fourteen year-old pleads guilty in connection to NCHS shooting

By WEEK Reporter

December 17, 2012 Updated Dec 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- A 14-year-old McLean County boy pleaded "guilty but mentally ill" on Monday in connection with a shooting incident at Normal Community High School last September.

The guilty plea came in McLean County Juvenile Court where the boy was to go on trial.

The 14-year-old NCHS student pleaded guilty to a variety of charges including armed violence and unlawful use of weapons.

He detained the classroom full of students, pointing the gun at several of them without firing before a struggle with teacher Derrick Schonauer. The gun discharged during that struggle.

He is to be sentenced January 22.