SC Teen Faces WMD Charge, Life Sentence

'New Columbine' plan is federal case
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 2:55 PM CDT
SC Teen Faces WMD Charge, Life Sentence
Faculty and staff arrive at Chesterfield High School, in Chesterfield, S.C., Monday, April 21, 2008, for the first day back to classes after it was discovered on Saturday that Ryan Schallenberger, a student at the school, was alegedly planning a Columbine-inspired attack.    (AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)

Ryan Schallenberger, the South Carolina teenager whose Columbine-style attack police say they foiled yesterday, will be charged with a federal count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, the AP reports. The charge, stemming from the 10 pounds of explosives discovered by Schallenberger’s parents yesterday, carries a possible life sentence. The 18-year-old also faces two lesser federal charges. (Read more Columbine school massacre stories.)

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