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Mother of Richmond school shooter will plead guilty

August trial for Mary York canceled
Posted at 3:03 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 19:42:00-04

RICHMOND — The mother of a Richmond teenager who shot himself after exchanging gunfire with police inside a school will not go on trial in August.

Instead, 44-year-old Mary York had agreed to plead guilty and will next appear before a Wayne County judge in October.

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York faces seven charges, six of them felonies. Which of the seven she is pleading guilty to will not be made public until the October hearing. The charges include five for neglect, one for criminal recklessness, and one charge of "dangerous control of a child, permit child to possess a handgun while aware of risk."

On December 13, 2018, York called police to report her 14-year-old son was armed, had taken a family member hostage and was on his way to Dennis Intermediate School to "shoot up the school."

Police had just enough time to get to the school, which was in session. The teenager shot out a glass door to get inside the school. There, he and police exchanged shots before the 14-year-old killed himself.

The charges against Mary York were filed about ten months after the incident. Investigators had determined that York's son had taken guns from home and gone to the school with them.

The investigation also found that York was aware her son had mental health issues, although York denied this.