Teens to remain in jails for youth
TWO Winnipeg teens who planned to go on a deadly killing spree inside several local schools will remain in youth jails despite being raised to adult court.
The pair, now both 18, pleaded guilty last September to conspiracy to commit murder. They were sentenced to two years behind bars.
Crown and defence lawyers appeared in court Wednesday for a placement hearing, which is mandated by the Criminal Code. They all agreed the accused are making steady progress at their current youth facilities and should not be moved to an adult institution.
"From the Crown's perspective, why muck with success?" said prosecutor Susan Baragar.
Defence lawyer Greg Brodsky said his client is a "salvageable young man" provided he remains in his current environment. Youth justice officials agreed, saying his safety would be in danger if moved. His female co-accused was also reported to have made significant improvement.
The teens had stockpiled four rifles and shotguns in late 2008 in preparation for a mass killing at Fort Richmond Collegiate.
They also discussed driving the boy's father's Hummer H3 to the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus to shoot more people. College Lorette Collegiate and Church of the Rock parishioners were among their other intended targets.