SC teen indicted on 3 federal charges in bomb plot

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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 specifics.

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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