Sentencing delayed for would-be ACES shooter

By Brandon Gustafson | Feb 20, 2019

Just over a year after Joshua O’Connor was arrested for planning to conduct a shooting and bombing at ACES High School, judge Bruce Weiss delayed his sentencing at a hearing on Feb. 12.

O’Connor pleaded guilty in December to attempted first-degree murder, unlawful possession of an explosive and first-degree robbery. The night before he was arrested, O’Connor and a friend robbed an ampm on Casino Road. The money from the robbery was going to go towards his shooting plot.

O’Connor was arrested after his grandmother found a rifle, as well as a journal outlining his plan. In his journal, O’Connor said he flipped a coin to determine whether he would conduct the shooting at ACES or Kamiak High School.

Prosecutors are reportedly seeking a 23-year sentence, while the defense is seeking 12 years.

The defense has argued that O’Connor’s rough upbringing, which includes child abuse and neglect from his mother, left him stunted in maturity and understanding.

The sentencing is expected to take place Feb. 28.

 

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