VANCOUVER – A 12-year-old boy who brought a handgun, more than 400 rounds of ammunition and multiple knives to his school in Vancouver agreed to a plea deal Thursday, according Clark County prosecutor Abbie Bartlett.
Judge Scott Collier sentenced the boy to two years in a juvenile institution, two years probation and 40 hours of community service.
“What was very important with this plea agreement was holding him accountable for his actions, getting him the treatment he needs, and protecting the community,” Bartlett said.
The boy, who KGW has not named because he was charged as a juvenile and was 11 years old at the time of the crimes, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree attempted assault, theft of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of dangerous weapons on school grounds.
Bartlett spent a number of months negotiating the plea bargain with the boy’s attorney, John Lutgens, after the boy was sent to the Child Study and Treatment Center near Tacoma.
Because of the boy’s age, it was presumed he did not have the capacity to stand trial, but after the evaluation, case managers determined he knew his actions were wrong.
Police were first called to Frontier Middle School in Vancouver last October where they arrested the boy with the weapons.
The boy told police he intended to shoot two fellow students because they called his friends “gay.” The victims told police, however, the middle-schooler was picking on them. Part of the boy’s plea agreement was he cannot have contact with either victim after his release.