Crime

North Thurston student faces more charges in shooting

Attorneys are close to reaching a resolution in the juvenile court case against the 17-year-old boy accused of firing a gun inside North Thurston High School in April.

The suspect appeared before Thurston County Juvenile Court Judge Chris Wickham on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to a new set of charges.

The suspect originally faced five charges, but he now faces 14 charges — 12 felonies and two misdemeanors.

He is now charged with one count of theft of a firearm, 10 counts of felony harassment, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, one count of possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon on school facilities, and one count of aiming or discharging a firearm or dangerous weapon.

Because he is a minor, The Olympian will not release the suspect’s name.

Deputy Prosecutor Wayne Graham said Wednesday that he and defense attorney Sharonda Amamilo, of the Officese attorney Sharonda Amamilo, of the Office of Assigned Counsel, are close to reaching a plea deal in the case.

“This young man has been here a really, really long time and everyone is anxious to get this resolved,” said probation officer Pete Feliciano.

The suspect’s next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 21.

The suspect allegedly fired a .357 Magnum twice inside the high school on April 27 before a teacher tackled him. No one was injured in the incident.

At an Oct. 6 hearing, Graham withdrew a motion asking that the suspect be tried as an adult in Thurston County Superior Court. At the same hearing, he made a motion for a manifest injustice sentence, which, according to state statute, allows for a sentence outside of the standard sentencing range if one within the standard range would be unfair.

The suspect is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

This isn’t the suspect’s first run-in with the law. His criminal history includes three fourth-degree assault convictions from late 2014. According to King County court documents, he was arrested Oct. 14 after two female classmates at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, where he previously attended, reported the teen had groped them on multiple occasions.

He was expelled from Mount Rainier High and pleaded guilty to all three charges. He was sentenced to 30 days in a juvenile detention facility, two years of probation and 20 hours of community service and counseling.

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