An 11-year-old boy was convicted Friday of conspiracy to kill one of his female classmates. Why? Because she “was really annoying.”
The 11-year-old boy was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder in a “simple anger” fueled murder plot he planned with a 10-year-old classmate at Fort Colville Elementary School in northeast Washington.
Judge Allen Nielsen of Stevens County Superior Court called the case “the most serious of my career.”
The 11-year-old defendant was left in tears after the verdict was announced. Judge Nielsen rejected the defense’s argument that the boy was not able to separate fact from fiction.
“There is no joy in a conviction,” Stevens County prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said. Defense attorneys said an appeal is planned, according to the New York Times.
Lawyers questioned forensic psychologist, Craig Beaver who had examined the 11-year-old multiple times for the defense, USA Today reports.
The boy’s behavior was “strongly suggestive of what we see with childhood bipolar disorder, which is relatively rare,” Beaver said.
School officials seized a handgun and a knife the boys took to school on Feb. 7. Debbie Rogers, a counselor at the school testified on Friday that the boy told her he was planning to stab the girl to death because she was “really annoying” and that the second boy was to the point the gun at anyone who tried to stop them.
Authorities discovered the plan when a fourth grade student saw one of the boys playing with a knife in a school bus and promptly told a school employee.
Police searched the 10-year-old’s backpack and found a knife, a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol and a full ammunition magazine.
The 10-year-old pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and other charges. He was sentenced to three to five years in juvenile detention.
The 11-year-old is due back on Nov. 8 for a sentence hearing.
Sources: New York Times, USA Today