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Affidavit unsealed for teen accused in school plot

GRAND JUNCTION – A teen accused of wanting to blow up a western Colorado school allegedly talked with others about going out “in a blaze of glory like Columbine High School,” according to an arrest affidavit.

Prosecutors had revealed some details from the affidavit during a court hearing for Robert Dell Johnson last week, but a judge didn’t sign off on a motion to unseal the affidavit until Thursday. It had been sealed since Johnson was arrested Sept. 28.

Johnson, 18, allegedly talked with three people at Palisade High School about “what it would be like to shoot up” the school, according to the affidavit. The document said Johnson allegedly told investigators he did not like the school principal or assistant principal.

On Sept. 28, student Calvin O’Banion came forward with information that Johnson had approached him, asking how to get explosives for some “Columbine-type” activity, according to the affidavit. O’Banion told authorities Johnson also asked if he knew how to make a bomb.

O’Banion said Johnson approached him Sept. 18 and 25, but that he waited to tell authorities over fear of retaliation.

Johnson allegedly approached another boy about obtaining explosives, but the boy told investigators he didn’t think Johnson had the resources to obtain them, the Daily Sentinel reported. The newspaper reported that a search of the homes of Johnson and two of his friends turned up no evidence of a written plot, weapons or explosives.

Johnson is being held on $100,000 bond on charges of solicitation to commit possession of an explosive or incendiary device and interference with school operations. His public defender was not available for comment after business hours Friday.

Columbine High School in suburban Denver was where two student gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves in 1999.


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