The Latest: Ohio youth pleads guilty in school shooting

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Posted: Apr 28, 2016 3:35 PM
The Latest: Ohio youth pleads guilty in school shooting

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the 15-year-old student charged in Ohio school cafeteria shootings. (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting and wounding two students in an Ohio cafeteria has pleaded guilty in juvenile court to four attempted murder charges and one charge of inducing panic.

Butler County's prosecutor dropped four felonious assault charges against James Austin Hancock.

Hancock was charged in the Feb. 29 shooting at Madison Local Schools near Middletown, north of Cincinnati. Authorities said Hancock, who was 14 at the time, took a relative's loaded gun to school and opened fire in a cafeteria, wounding two students. Two other students were injured either by shrapnel or while running away.

The teenager replied guilty to each charge Thursday. He is to be sentenced in about a month.

The Associated Press generally doesn't identify juveniles charged with crimes, but Hancock's name was widely reported.

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1 a.m.

A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting and wounding two students in an Ohio school cafeteria is scheduled to appear in juvenile court to face charges including attempted murder.

A pretrial hearing will be held Thursday for James Austin Hancock in Butler County Juvenile Court.

Defense attorney Charles Rittgers said after a hearing in early April that he didn't expect the case to go to trial, but Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said at the time that no plea deal was in place.

Hancock was charged in the Feb. 29 shooting at Madison Local Schools near Middletown, north of Cincinnati. Authorities said Hancock, who was 14 at the time, took a relative's loaded gun to school and opened fire in a cafeteria, wounding two students. Two other students were injured either by shrapnel or while running away.

The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles charged with crimes, but Hancock's name was widely reported.