Teen pleads guilty in pellet gun incident | AspenTimes.com

Teen pleads guilty in pellet gun incident

A local teenager who brought a pellet gun to school in February and shot at a fellow student outside school pleaded guilty Monday to reckless endangerment and third-degree assault.

The 13-year-old student appeared in juvenile court with his parents. In April the eighth-grader was expelled from Aspen Middle School, and he will not be able to return until January 2005.

According to Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills, the defendant got into an altercation with the fellow student after school let out for the day on Feb. 10. Wills said the defendant pulled out a pellet gun, pointed it at the victim and fired several times.

The shots caused “red marks on the victim’s abdomen and holes in his coat,” Wills said, as well as “at least pain, which could have been serious bodily injuries if it had happened to an adjacent area.”

Wills agreed to drop three other charges in a plea deal with the defendant and his attorney, Arnold Mordkin. Because the defendant is a juvenile, his records are sealed from the public.

Judge James Boyd of the 9th Judicial District accepted the defendant’s guilty plea. The boy will be sentenced on June 21.

Wills noted that in the past few months, the student has been doing well, participating in counseling and having no subsequent police contact.

The defendant did not say much during his brief time in front of the judge, besides answering Boyd’s questions.

When asked why he was pleading guilty, he said simply, “because I am guilty.”

Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com

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