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15-year-old charged with bringing gun to Hastings, Minn., school in April pleads guilty to felony charges

HASTINGS, Minn. - The juvenile male charged in connection with the April 5 Hastings Middle School lockdown has pleaded guilty to three felony counts of assault in the second degree. He appeared Monday in Dakota County Juvenile Court before Judge Richard Spicer.

During the April incident, the juvenile male brought a gun to school and broke into several classrooms with the weapon after the school was locked down.

During his hearing Monday, Judge Spicer ruled the youth as delinquent, stayed an adult prison sentence of 108 months, and placed the youth in a long-term program at the Juvenile Detention Center. Following completion of this program, the youth will be placed in another long-term residential treatment facility.

The youth, now 15, was also ordered to pay restitution, write apologies to the victims of his crime and to not have contacts with the victims and Hastings Middle School.

In June, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom dismissed his office's request to certify the 14-year-old youth as an adult.

The youth had previously been petitioned to Juvenile Court on three counts of assault in the second degree, one count of terroristic threats, and one count of criminal damage to property (all felonies).

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