A teen girl from Thurmont, Maryland was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to planning a violent attack at her high school.
According to the Associated Press, Nicole Cevario, 19, pleaded guilty to the possession of explosive material with the intent to create a destructive device. She was arrested last March at age 18 after her own dad allegedly tipped off police, alerting authorities about her plans to commit violence. A journal was found in Cevario’s possession that allegedly detailed her plan to commit a "Columbine style" attack.
In her journal, she allegedly wrote that she had plans to become the "first female active school shooter.”
“We were very happy it was such a substantial amount of years,” Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith told The Frederick-News-Post on Tuesday. “She [Cevario] obviously has something wrong with her, and she shouldn’t be out in the public while she deals with it.”
Police say that Cevario admitted that she purchased pipe bomb materials, which she had planned to detonate at her high school. According to the Associated Press, she also had plans to kill herself with a shotgun during her attack on Catoctin High School. A Remington 870 shotgun, two boxes of ammunition and bomb-making materials were found in Cevario’s room.
Cevario's attorney put out a statement in response to Tuesday’s sentencing, stating, “It was clear from the beginning of this case that Nicole is in serious need of psychiatric help. Our office worked tirelessly to find her help at any private or public institution. [...] We are proud of Nicole for her decision to take a lengthy sentence which includes treatment when she could have taken a lighter sentence with no mental health treatment. [...] We have no doubt that she is committed to that treatment.”
The teen will soon head to Patuxent Youthful Offender Program, which focuses on mental health issues.
[Photo: Frederick County Sheriff's Office]