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13-year-old Indiana could learn fate in May school shooting

Posted at 6:42 AM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-14 06:42:54-05

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy who admitted shooting and wounding a classmate and a teacher at a Noblesville, Indiana school could learn whether he'll be sent to a state juvenile detention center.

The boy admitted on Nov. 5 to shooting teacher Jason Seaman and 13-year-old classmate Ella Whistler.

That admission would be a guilty plea if he'd been charged as an adult in the May 25 attack at Noblesville West Middle School, about 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

A judge may announce the juvenile equivalent of a sentencing in the case on Wednesday.

Prosecutors want him sent to a state juvenile detention center. The boy's attorneys want him sent to a private treatment facility in northwest Indiana.

According to prosecutors, the suspect was in science class taking a test on the morning of May 25, 2018. He left the class to use the restroom, then returned with the guns and started shooting, prosecutors said. The teacher in the class, Jason Seaman, threw a mini-basketball at the suspect, then tackled him. 

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RTV6 is not naming the boy because he is a juvenile.