Judge Finds 11-Year-Old Colville Boy Guilty In School Murder Plot
A Colville judge has found an 11-year-old boy guilty of conspiracy to commit first degree murder in a plot to kill a classmate.
COLVILLE, WA - A Colville judge has found an 11-year-old boy guilty of conspiracy to commit first degree murder in a plot to kill a classmate.
The 11-year-old and one of his friends planned to kill a female classmate.
Stevens County Superior Court Judge Allen Nielsen said Friday afternoon that "simple anger" fueled the plot the boy hatched earlier this year with a 10-year-old classmate at Fort Colville Elementary school.
Before that verdict, the judge found the boy not guilty of tampering with a witness.
The judge also rejected defense efforts to cast the boy as a child suffering from bipolar disorder and unable to separate fact from fiction.
The 11-year-old will be sentenced next month.
School staff seized a gun and knife the boys brought to school on February 7.
The younger boy earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and related charges. He was sentenced to three to five years in a juvenile detention facility.