Boys charged in connection with school shooting enter pleas


HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio students accused of failing to report that a classmate brought a loaded gun to school before he opened fire in the cafeteria have entered pleas in juvenile court.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/2aHzN5n ) the boys entered “true” pleas on Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of failure to report a crime. The judge told them their pleas meant they were relinquishing their rights to a trial.

Both students will be allowed to return to Madison Local Schools near Middletown this fall, their cellphones will be returned and they will have their deposition hearings in October. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office confiscated their phones during the investigation of the Feb. 29 shooting.

The boys were charged after investigators determined they knew 15-year-old James Austin Hancock brought the gun to school. Hancock will remain in juvenile detention until he’s 21.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront

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