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Archive for Friday, September 14, 2001

Teen pleads guilty in school shooting

September 14, 2001

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— A student who shot and wounded five people at a high school pleaded guilty to attempted murder Thursday in a plea agreement in which he will be sentenced to at least 24 years in prison.

Jason Hoffman, 18, also pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and assault in the March 22 attack at Granite Hills High School in suburban San Diego.

Under the plea agreement, Hoffman will be sentenced to 27 years to life and must serve a minimum of 24 years before he is eligible for parole, prosecutor Dan Lamborn said. He is to be sentenced Nov. 8.

Defense attorney William Trainor said.

Trainor said he had presented evidence to prosecutors indicating that Hoffman suffers from psychological problems, but declined to elaborate.

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