Oroville Teen Who Held Classmates Hostage Heads To Trial

A high school student accused of holding more than two dozen classmates at gunpoint waived a preliminary hearing and will be tried on 13 criminal charges.

Gregory Dean Wright, 17, faces up to 64 years to life in prison on charges that include the attempted murder of a 15-year-old romantic rival, false imprisonment and firing a gun on school property.

Wright is accused of firing shots inside a classroom at Las Plumas High School on Sept. 28, prompting police to evacuate the school while they negotiated with him by cell phone.

He held about 30 students and a substitute teacher hostage before eventually freeing them.

There were no injuries.

Wright is being tried as an adult in Butte County Superior Court because he had a previous juvenile record.


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