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4th Suspect in Shooting Plot at School Is Given Probation

November 28, 2001|Reuters

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — A fourth teenager, who police said cooperated with investigators, was charged Tuesday in an alleged plot to kill students and teachers in a deadly Columbine-like assault on a Massachusetts high school.

Amy Lee Bowman, 17, pleaded not guilty in New Bedford District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit assault and battery. But unlike three of the other alleged teenage co-conspirators who were charged on Monday, Bowman was released on probation.

"We treat these people based on a variety of evaluative factors," prosecutor Ray Veary said.

Eric McKeehan, 17, his 15-year-old brother and another 15-year-old boy were held without bail until hearings could be held for them next week.

Prosecutors said Bowman identified McKeehan and his younger brother as the primary plotters to kill as many people as possible at the high school in this historic former whaling town 60 miles southwest of Boston.

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