Va. Teen Gets 12 Years for School Explosives Plot

February 23, 2011

A teenager convicted of plotting to attack a high school in Virginia Beach will spend 12 years in prison.

Media outlets report that 19-year-old Philip Bay was sentenced Wednesday in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

A jury convicted the former Landstown High School student last November on 18 felony charges related to a plot to attack the school with explosives and sawed-off shotguns. Jurors rejected Bay's insanity defense.

Judge William O'Brien sentenced Bay to a total 68 years and then suspended all but 12 years of the term. Bay will serve the sentence in a juvenile facility until he is 21. He then will be transferred to an adult facility.

Bay told the judge that there wasn't anything he could say or do to excuse his actions.

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