March 17, 2006
Three teens accused of plotting to blow up three Albemarle County Schools were in court again today.
The trial continued today and the Commonwealth rested its case against three teenage suspects accused of conspiring to blow up three Albemarle County Schools. The juveniles will next put forth a defense when court reconvenes.
All day the prosecution ushered school kids in and out of the courtroom to testify. Proceedings began around 9 a.m. and did not conclude until nearly 6 p.m.
The three suspects are charged with two counts including conspiring to commit murder and conspiring to use an explosive device against a schoolhouse. The three suspects are a 15-year-old from Albemarle High School and two 13-year-olds from Jack Jouett Middle School.
Back on March 8, a 16-year-old Western Albemarle High School student plead guilty in connection with the crimes. If you recall, the three suspects were arrested back in late January after an anonymous informant came forward with information about the plot. A fourth suspect was arrested a week later.
If found guilty the three could face incarceration until they are 21 years old. The trial will continue on March 28 at 10 a.m. The sentencing for the 16-year-old suspect who plead guilty will be on April 8.