Student pleads guilty to school shooting

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Update: 4:00 pm, 8/23/18, Thursday 

COLES COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — It’s been almost one year since a student opened fire at Mattoon High School. The 15-year old pleaded guilty to doing it. His name is Josiah Lyons.

It’s been a lengthy, drawn-out trial. There have been delays for reports, mental health evaluations and the court has pretty much run out of time. Sentencing is the next step.

“He’s admitted today, the judge made the finding that, in fact, he did enter the school, the shooting did occur.”

For months, Lyons lawyer, Ed Pirano, was fighting for mental health treatment. He begged DHS to come to court. Someone finally did, and looked into a program which would allow a mental health evaluation, but Pirano says it’s too little, too late and the judge dismissed it.

“First of all, the order, because there was no notice given to DHS prior to the order, a procedural matter, it was dismissed. Also dismissed because of the fact there is no statutory vehicle or anything that will enable DHS to become involved in this matter.”

Now, it’s up to a judge to determine his punishment and decide if he’ll recommend him for rehabilitation. His sentencing will be in October. The victim will have a chance to speak, as well as the teacher who tackled Lyons, but only if she wants to.

Lyons can only be in juvenile detention until he’s 21. If he doesn’t get into trouble, he won’t serve his adult sentence. 

Original: 11:40 am, 8/23/18, Thursday

COLES COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The 15-year old student accused of shooting inside Mattoon High School pleaded guilty.

He appeared in court with his attorney Thursday. He will be sentenced in October. At the time of the shooting, he was 14 and considered a minor.

The charge is a class X felony and he could still be sentenced as an adult. One student was hurt in the shooting, but has since recovered.

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