SCOTTSBLUFF — A 12-year-old boy pleaded guilty to being in possession of a firearm at a Scottsbluff elementary school and threatening others with the weapon.

The child was taken into custody on May 13 after police had been called regarding a trespassing at a residence near Lincoln Heights. The owner of the home, which is vacant, had made contact with the youth in the home and the boy went to the playground of a neighboring school. When police made contact with the group of youth, they were told that the boy had a weapon and it was located on the ground of the playground.

According to the charges filed in a petition in Scotts Bluff County juvenile court, the boy had engaged in contact which, under the circumstance as he believed them to be, constituted a substantial step in a course of conduct intended to culminate in his commission of a crime of causing the death” of another child “intentionally but without premeditation.” Two others were threatened by the child and the child allegedly had stolen the firearm, a 9mm Glock handgun.

Scottsbluff Police Capt. Brian Wasson told the Star-Herald that the other children involved ranged in age from 12 to 14.

During proceedings on July 1, the boy admitted to the charges attempted second-degree murder Class II felony; possession of a stolen firearm, a Class IIA felony; terroristic threats, a Class IIA felony; use of a firearm to commit a felony.

Additional felony charges of terroristic threats, use of a firearm to commit a felony, unlawful possession of a firearm on school grounds, a Class IV felony, were dismissed.

The child is scheduled for sentencing on July 31.

The child has been placed out of the home since his arrest.

The incident, which occurred after school hours, resulted in officials with the school issuing a letter to parents, reminding them to lock up any firearms that they may possess.

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