May 27, 2008
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a South
Carolina teenager accused of plotting to blow up his high school.
But he no longer faces a potential life sentence.
Ryan Schallenberger was indicted Tuesday on three explosives
charges that carry a combined maximum sentence of 40 years in
prison. The 18-year-old Chesterfield High senior was arrested last
month and accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass
destruction, which carries a possible life sentence.
Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald said Tuesday he decided to
pursue different charges against Schallenberger. He would not give
Schallenberger's attorney did not answer the phone at his office
after hours Tuesday. A message could not be left because the
lawyer's voice mail was full.
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