Teen Pleads Guilty in Illinois School Cafeteria Shooting - NBC Chicago

Teen Pleads Guilty in Illinois School Cafeteria Shooting

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    Student Hurt, Gunman in Custody After Ill. School Shooting

    One student was injured when a gunman opened fire inside a central Illinois high school cafeteria Wednesday morning, school officials said.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017)

    A teenager who shot another student in an Illinois school cafeteria has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm.

    The News-Gazette reports the 15-year-old boy was in a Coles County courtroom on Thursday. He'll be sentenced on Oct 11. His attorney says he expects the teen to remain in juvenile detention for four to five months.

    The shooting occurred nearly a year ago at Mattoon High School. Police say a teacher grabbed the boy's arm as he fired at a girl. The gunshot missed the girl but hit another student.

    Prosecutor Brian Bower says he can ask the judge to impose an adult sentence of decades in prison if the teen doesn't successfully complete juvenile detention.

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