Minor arrested for threats against Farmington School takes plea bargain

By Tyler Emken

December 22, 2012 Updated Dec 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- A minor who was arrested for threatening to shoot students at Farmington High School took a plea bargain on Friday in a Peoria County courtroom.

The juvenile, whose name is being withheld, plead guilty to the charge of felony disorderly conduct in exchange for the charges of making a terrorist threat and making a false terrorist threat being dismissed as well as a cap on his probation.

The state agreed to the plea deal.

The prosecution said that two of the students they had spoken to said the juvenile had a plan.

They said the accused had told them he wanted to bring a gun to school and start shooting during the lunch hour, as it would make it easier for him to move around. He also told them he wanted to use smoke bombs for concealment and a silencer with his weapon.

The minors told the prosecution they thought he was just angry because he was bullied and excluded by kids at school. However, one of the minors told prosecutors she was scared by what the accused had said, which led to his arrest.

The minor also told police officers that he had studied the Columbine shootings and that he read about serial killers because they interested him.

However, the boy also pointed out that he thought that the threats were a bad idea and that he was angry due to the bullying taking place.

The defense pointed out that neither of the minors actually saw any weapons and that no guns were ever brought to school.

The prosecutor said the minor has been arrested once before for stealing a vehicle.

Sentencing is set for February 1, pending a drug and alcohol assessment and a psychological examination.