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Judge Rules Teen Stays In Jail Pending Shooting Plot Trial

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A judge has ruled that a Vermont teen accused of planning a massacre at his former high school will stay in jail pending his trial.
Eighteen-year-old Jack Sawyer, of Poultney, is charged with attempted murder and attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon to carry out a mass shooting at Fair Haven Union High School.

Sawyer's lawyer filed a motion to dismiss the case. A hearing hasn't been scheduled yet.

The Rutland Herald reports Judge Thomas Zonay has rejected a defense argument that Sawyer had, at worst, been preparing to attempt a murder, but had not yet gotten to the point of attempting one when he was arrested last month.

Investigators say Sawyer described detailed plans for the shooting in a diary titled "Journal of an Active Shooter."

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