Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Springbrook student pleads guilty to first-degree arson, other charges - Gazette

Alleged co-conspirator placed on probation, sent for community service

by Amber Parcher | Staff Writer | Wednesday, July 29, 2009

As the case unfolds for two Springbrook High School students charged in an alleged plot to bomb the school, prosecutors and defense attorneys in court Friday morning painted pictures of two students who lacked friends, were mad at their teachers or were too confused to understand what was happening.

Yonata Getachew, 18, of the 11500 block of Sutherland Hill Way in Silver Spring, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Circuit Court to first-degree arson, first-degree conspiracy to commit arson and two counts of reckless endangerment for his involvement in setting two fires in boys' bathrooms and locker rooms at Springbrook in April and for attempting to rupture a natural gas line in a classroom.

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