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Michigan teen in school shooting plot to be tried as juvenile

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A 15-year-old boy in Michigan accused of plotting a school shooting will be tried as a juvenile.

The boy was in court Wednesday when a judge denied the prosecution's motion to try him as an adult.

The prosecution cited the teen's journal entries about committing mass murder and that he also allegedly killed a cat.

Investigators said the 15-year-old had a hit list and was prepared to act on his plans with an arsenal of ammunition, guns, and explosives in his backpack.

The boy allegedly stole the weapons from his grandfather.

His mom turned him into authorities after she found out.

Testimony from the boy's mother and a therapist who evaluated him painted him in a different light.

They said he was bullied, suffering from mental illness, and crying out for help.

"He's not getting the support at school and then he's got the girlfriend who he thought -- was in love with -- say -- I'm so embarrassed of you, I don't even want to see you. So, his resources are slowly fading away,” said Jennifer Zoltowski.

A deputy stationed at the school said after interviewing at least 50 students all of them said they'd never heard about or seen any bullying.

The teen is charged with 10 felony weapons and explosives charges and would have faced up to 28 years in prison if he was tried and sentenced as an adult.

His therapist said if he's convicted, she believes over the next three-and-a-half years he'll be able to get mental health treatment.

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