Sammie Chavez, Bartlesville teen accused of school shooting plot, found guilty of planning violence
10:25 AM, Sep 24, 2013
7:34 PM, Sep 24, 2013
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - A Bartlesville High School student on trial for allegedly plotting to shoot his fellow classmates and bomb the campus was found guilty Tuesday.
Sammie Chavez, now 19, was found guilty of planning or threatening a violent act and not guilty of conspiring, a similar charge, just after 4 p.m. The 12-person jury recommended a 30-month sentence. The maximum sentence for the crime is 10 years in prison.
Prosecutors accused Chavez of planning to lure students into Bartlesville High School's auditorium, chain the doors and open fire. They also said he also planned to leave bombs at the school's entrances to kill responding officers.
The prosecuting attorney said during closing arguments that the conviction rests on Chavez threatening a violent act or bodily harm, not on actually carrying out his plan. Chavez allegedly had more than 13,000 hits on his computer that referenced "bomb" and a number of hits on the Columbine school shooting, and despite Chavez claiming the gun found in his possession didn't work, investigators were able to fire the weapon.
Chavez's defense attorney told the jury to consider the teen's testimony and asks them what was going through their minds when they were 18.