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Boy Convicted in Hostage Case

July 27, 2002

An armed 13-year-old boy who held a middle-school class hostage in a Sacramento suburb has been convicted of 39 felonies that could keep him in custody till he is 25.

The boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, pointed a loaded revolver at 31 students, a teacher, a principal and a police officer before surrendering March 20, authorities said.

A girl, 14, testified at trial that the boy threatened the class at Barrett Middle School in Carmichael and said: "I'm going to do a Columbine."

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