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Michigan teen sentenced in mass school shooting plot

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A15-year-old Michigan teen who pleaded guilty to plotting a mass shooting at Paw Paw High School in mid-March will spend the next year in a residential treatment center under the supervision of the Michigan Department of Human Services.

The center offers a nine-step program that takes about a year to complete.

The ruling was delivered Monday by a Van Buren County Juvenile Court judge, who told the teen he must be held accountable for his actions, but he will be getting assistance with his mental health issues.

The teen was originally charged with 10 counts in the plot to carry out the attack.

The teen and his attorneys reached a plea deal that means he was sentenced only on the felony explosives and firearm charge. Since he was taken into custody, the teen has been held at the Allegan County Juvenile Detention Center, and was already receiving treatment.

On Monday, the judge said he will be seeing the teen for years to come, starting with a review in six months. Through the juvenile justice system, he will remain under supervision until he is 19.

Shortly after the teen offered his plea in the case, Van Buren County Prosecutor Michael Bedford said he believes this is a good outcome with the right decision in such a high-priority case.

The ruling did not sit well with many of the law enforcement officers from West Michigan who were in the courtroom Monday.

Paw Paw Police Chief Eric Marshall asked to speak in court before the sentence, but his request was denied. However, he told our affiliates at WWMT the sentencing was not enough.

In early May, a Van Buren County judge refused to honor the prosecution's request to try the student as an adult. The prosecution feared the teen would be a risk after phasing out of the juvenile system at age 19. It took two full days of deliberation before the judge ruled the student would be tried as a juvenile.

The sophomore at Paw Paw High School was found with an arsenal of guns, ammunition and explosives. He was brought to the police station by his mother the Sunday before he had planned to attack the school.

The teen's grandfather found evidence of a shotgun's barrel being sawed off in his barn along with a missing shotgun and rifle from his collection and alerted the student's mother.

The mother then found the arsenal in his bedroom.

Prosecutors also said that the teen had been in possession of a notebook, also found by family, that detailed his plans and desire for a mass shooting.

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