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6/30/2015 7:15 PM
By Associated Press

Expert: Waseca teen accused in bomb plot 'significant risk'

WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A teenager accused of plotting to attack his southern Minnesota school poses "a significant risk for future violence," a prosecution witness testified Tuesday at a hearing to determine whether the teen should be tried as an adult.

Waseca police say they found the teen in a storage unit with bomb-making materials and a plan to kill his family and attack his high school. He was 17 when he was arrested last year. He is now 18.

In March, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision to dismiss the most serious counts against the suspect. Attempted murder charges against the teen were dropped. He still faces charges of possessing explosives.

Psychologist Katheryn Cranbrook testified Tuesday that the teen has mild to moderate autism and is focused on violence, the Star Tribune reported. Cranbrook recommended he be tried as an adult.

"In my opinion, the respondent is a significant risk for future violations," she said.


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