MI Teen Gets Prison In School Terrorism Case


A tearful Detroit area teenager who told a judge he never intended to hurt anyone was sentenced yesterday to at least 4 1/2 years in prison for planning a Columbine-like massacre at a high school, says the Detroit News. Andrew Osantowski, who turned 18 and completed his GED in jail, said: “I have shamed myself, my family and school.”

Osantowski was convicted by a jury last month on two terrorism charges, receiving and concealing stolen firearms, and a felony firearm charge. He is the first person in Michigan to be tried and convicted under a new terrorism law passed after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Prosecutor Eric Smith hopes the sentencing sends a message: “You threaten schools, you threaten students, you will be apprehended and you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Link: http://www.detnews.com/2005/metro/0507/22/B01-255908.htm

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