Ex-teacher gets 56 years for Tenn. school shooting

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Posted: Nov 03, 2011 4:39 PM
Ex-teacher gets 56 years for Tenn. school shooting

A judge has sentenced a former teacher to 56 years in prison for shooting two administrators in an elementary school office in Knoxville.

Mark Stephen Foster pleaded guilty to the February 2010 shootings that wounded principal Elisa Luna and assistant principal Amy Brace at Inskip Elementary School. Foster had been told his contract as a fourth-grade teacher would not be renewed.

Knox County Criminal Court Judge Bob McGee sentenced Foster on Thursday.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( http://bit.ly/rDy0md) reported that Foster told the judge he decided to plead guilty because he "did not want to make the victims or their families relive" the experience.

He will be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of the sentence.