School Shooter To Plead Guilty

By: Staff
By: Staff

A Reno boy charged with firing a gun in a school hallway and injuring two classmates will enter a plea and be sentenced on Friday, lawyers said.

James Scott Newman, 14, was charged as a juvenile with two counts of battery with a deadly weapon, and one count each of discharging and possession of a firearm.

He has remained in custody since the March 14 shooting at Pine Middle School.

Deputy District Attorney Jo Lee Wickes said details of the negotiated a plea won't be released Friday's court proceeding.

David Houston, the boy's lawyer, said the outcome is the best for all involved. "The family and James look forward to the opportunity to put this matter behind them by accepting responsibility for what he has done and ask the court for what they felt to be the appropriate
penalty," Houston said.

Authorities said Newman took a .38-caliber handgun from his parents' closet, and had three bullets from a collection given to him by his father.

One boy was wounded in the arm and a girl was grazed by a bullet that ricocheted off the floor during the shooting. The boy was treated at a hospital and released the same day. The girl suffered a superficial wound and was treated at the scene.


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