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Juveniles admit to planning Columbine-style attack

ELK GROVE, Calif. ” Two 16-year-old Elk Grove students on Monday admitted charges stemming from their plot to wage a Columbine-style assault on their high school last February, prosecutors said.

The two admitted conspiring to commit murder, that the attack planned on the Laguna Creek High School cafeteria would have been a hate crime, and to attempted burglary.

The hate crime enhancement acknowledged that they planned to target blacks and other racial minorities, including one particular black student.

In exchange for admitting the charges to Juvenile Court Referee Dean Petersen, Petersen agreed to send the youths to the Sacramento County Boy’s Ranch. County prosecutors opposed that sentence, saying the charges’ seriousness meant the two should go to the California Youth Authority.

Defense attorneys previously had said the youths had no history of violence and the assault plan would never have likely been carried out.

The unnamed boys, a freshman and a sophomore, drew maps of the Elk Grove school cafeteria and planned to carry rifles and pistols to school in a guitar case, prosecutors said. The plan was thwarted when a friend told police.

Prosecutors previously said the youths intended to kill at least 32 people to break the record of two shooters at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in April 1999. Twelve students and a teacher were killed at and more than 20 students were injured there before the two student gunmen killed themselves.

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