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Fourth Juvenile Arrested In School Plot

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

February 16, 2006

Just two weeks after arresting three students that were planning to commit a violent act against two schools, police have arrested a fourth juvenile.

New information has lead to the arrest of a fourth suspect in the case of a group of juveniles plotting attacks on two Albemarle County schools. A 13-year-old Jack Jouett Middle School student is in police custody and charged with two felony counts of conspiring to commit murder and conspiring to use an explosive device against a schoolhouse.

This arrest follows the three arrests of a 16-year-old Western Albemarle High School student, a 15-year-old Albemarle High School student, and another 13-year-old Jack Jouett Middle School student.

During a press conference on February 3rd, Police Chief John Miller ensured the safety of the Albemarle County Schools.

"During this investigation, we felt very confident that there was no potential, present threat to anyone that works at the school or attends the school," he said.

Police have also added a third felony charge against the 16-year-old Western Albemarle High School student, charging him with conspiring to use an explosive device against a schoolhouse.

The four suspects are being held at Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention Center. If convicted that can be incarcerated until they are up to 21-years-old. Three out of the four suspects have a hearing on February 22. The fourth suspect arrested yesterday is due back in court March 8. Police at this time are saying that all of their leads in this case have been exhausted.


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