A 15-year-old male from Cortez was sentenced to two years of intensive supervised probation after pleading guilty to possession of a handgun pertaining to an incident in January where he and 18-year-old Jacob Jeffery Owen were allegedly found exiting a vacant building near Montezuma-Cortez High School carrying firearms.
The juvenile apologized in 22nd Judicial District Court on Friday, saying he messed up but is now on the right track.
Id just like to apologize for the trouble this has caused for the court and the community, he said.
Rumors of the teens actions led to Cortez schools being placed on lockout Jan. 5 the day of the teens arrest.
Following a presentence investigation, Chief Judge Douglas Walker said he determined there is no evidence of a plot of violence against the school.
The teen entered a plea agreement with the district attorneys office Feb. 16.
In addition to the probation, Walker ordered the juvenile to undergo drug testing, a curfew, counseling, electronic home monitoring, serve 48 hours community service, enroll in school and not go onto school grounds at any school he is not attending.
The teen was expelled from M-CHS for an alleged burglary/vandalism of Kemper Elementary School in December, his attorney, John Baxter, said.
The defendants mother asked the court for a relaxed protection order, saying her son was introduced to the vacant building by another teen and was unaware he was committing a crime.
I want to re-affirm the value of honesty. (The defendant) told the truth in this case from the beginning, she said.
Police reportedly apprehended the 15-year-old male and Owen exiting a vacant building a block from the high school Jan. 5, according to a Cortez Police Department affidavit.
Police allegedly searched Owen and found a loaded .45-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol and less than 0.25 ounces of a substance suspected to be marijuana.
A search of the juvenile allegedly revealed a loaded .357-caliber revolver, two knives and a set of brass knuckles.
In a police interview, the juvenile alleged Owen gave him the revolver and a 9 mm handgun for self protection as the teens camped out in the vacant Cortez Cleaners building one block from the high school. He alleged Owen also had a rifle and shotgun inside the building.
Owen, a former M-CHS student, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of providing a handgun to a minor, possession of marijuana, unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon and trespassing.
Owen recently had his bond reduced from $50,000 to $15,000.
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