The Normal Community High School shooter is facing up to five years in a juvenile detention facility. (Photo By Paul Morello/WJBC)
By Paul Morello
BLOOMINGTON - The boy who held up a Normal Community High School classroom and fired shots into the ceiling last September has been sentenced to juvenile prison.
Defense attorney Art Feldman said Tuesday the boy, who just turned 15, could stay in a detention facility until his 21st birthday.
"The Department of Juvenile Justice will determine how long he stays. It's called an indeterminate sentence. It could be sooner than that but it's not to exceed his 21st birthday. That's the maximum a juvenile can be sentenced to under the law," he said.
Once the boy is released, he will be required to register as a criminal offender.
Feldman had asked Chief Judge Elizabeth Robb for a probation sentence.
"This date was a horrendous event for the 30 students in the classroom, the parents and the school administrators. It rocked our community," Robb said before delivering the sentence. "No one ever fully recovers from this."
The boy pleaded guilty but mentally ill in December to eight charges related to the NCHS incident.
He made a statement to the court before the sentence was read.
"I do feel sorry for what I did and I sincerely apologize," he said. "Even though it shocked the students' lives it shocked mine even more."
The boy's detention facility has not been finalized, but Robb requested he not be placed in the Illinois Youth Center Kewanee because of concerns about the lack of staffing and ability to adequately treat the boy.
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