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5:58 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Bartlesville Teen Convicted in Trial for School Shooting Plot

A jury convicted 19-year-old Sammie Chavez Tuesday of planning to cause bodily harm in connection with a school shooting plot planned for Bartlesville High School.
A jury convicted 19-year-old Sammie Chavez Tuesday of planning to cause bodily harm in connection with a school shooting plot planned for Bartlesville High School.
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Washington County jury has convicted a teenager on one count of plotting to kill students and teachers in a mass school shooting at Bartlesville High School while acquitting him on a second charge.

The jury in Bartlesville on Tuesday found 19-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez guilty of planning to cause bodily harm while finding him not guilty of conspiring to perform an act of violence.

The jury recommended a 30 month prison term.

Chavez pleaded not guilty and testified in his own defense Tuesday that he was joking when he told classmates about how a school shooting could be committed at Bartlesville High School.

Chavez was arrested in December, hours before a gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school and killed 20 children and six adults before killing himself.