TEEN FACES TWO FELONY COUNTS

Dou­glas County of­fi­cials say the girls plot­ted to kill school sta≠ and stu­dents.

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Jesse Paul

Pros­e­cu­tors filed adult charges against one of two 16-year-old girls ac­cused in an im­mi­nent mur­der plot last month to kill staff and fel­low stu­dents at their Dou­glas County high school.

cas­tle rock» Pros­e­cu­tors on Tues­day filed adult charges against one of two 16-year-old girls ac­cused in an im­mi­nent mur­der plot last month to kill staff mem­bers and stu­dents at their Dou­glas County high school.

Si­enna John­son faces two Class 2 felony charges of con­spir­acy to com­mit first-de­gree mur­der and was or­dered held on a $1 mil­lion bail. The teen showed lit­tle re­ac­tion as at­tor­neys dis­cussed her case. She sat shack­led in light green jail clothes with her eyes rarely drift­ing from the floor.

“We still feel she is a dan­ger to the com­mu­nity,” Deputy Dis­trict At­tor­ney Deb­o­rah Wren­holt told the court.

Pros­e­cu­tors said John­son showed lit­tle re­morse to in­ves­ti­ga­tors af­ter her mid-De­cem­ber ar­rest, pledg­ing upon her release to con­tinue her mass mur­der plans with in­creased fer­vor.

Au­thor­i­ties say John­son and her al­leged con­spir­a­tor made de­tailed maps of Moun­tain Vista High School in High­lands Ranch that in­cluded lo­ca­tions of spe­cific com­mu­nity mem­bers, in­clud­ing deputies as­signed to pro­tect the cam­pus.

Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, John­son ref­er­enced the movie “Nat­u­ral Born Killers” in her jour­nal, an ob­ses­sion of the Columbine High School gun­men.

Dis­trict Judge Paul King, who over­saw the af­ter­noon hear­ing in which charges were handed down, said ju­ve­nile-to-adult fil­ings such as the one against John­son are rare.

John­son’s pub­lic de­fend­ers were granted a March 30 hear­ing that gives them the op­por­tu­nity to present the case to a judge and to seek to have the girl’s case sent back to ju­ve­nile court.

Her pub­lic de­fender, Ara Oha­nian, said au­thor­i­ties had “grossly ex­ag­ger­ated” the case against his client. Eigh­teenth Ju­di­cial Dis­trict At­tor­ney Ge­orge Brauch­ler said af­ter the hear­ing that couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth.

“The bot­tom line is I have seen and I have ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion that (the pub­lic doesn’t) have,” he said. “Part of this process is the process of try­ing to fig­ure out how to get the most amount of in­for­ma­tion to make the de­ci­sion of what’s best not only for this ju­ve­nile but the com­mu­nity.”

Court records in the case have been sealed, and the ma­jor­ity of what in­ves­ti­ga­tors have found has not been re­leased.

Brauch­ler added that Colorado law al­lows him to move the case back to ju­ve­nile court should new fac­tors come to light. Con­versely, he said, charg­ing John­son as a ju­ve­nile would have barred him from fil­ing adult charges.

The hear­ing came af­ter John-

son’s al­leged ac­com­plice ap­peared in court ear­lier in the day. A de­ci­sion on what charges she might face was post­poned. Pros­e­cu­tors say they need to re­view the find­ings of a psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion and ex­am­ine more ev­i­dence be­fore con­clud­ing if the girl also will be charged as an adult.

The girl, who was hand­cuffed and shack­led as well, also did not speak dur­ing her brief ap­pear­ance in ju­ve­nile court. The girl’s par­ents ap­peared be­side her but de­clined to com­ment as they left with their heads bowed.

A judge or­dered that she re­main held with­out bail.

The Den­ver Post does not typ­i­cally name ju­ve­nile de­fen­dants un­less they are charged as an adult.

Au­thor­i­ties say the two teens had made plans to kill class­mates and staff mem­bers at Moun­tain Vista in De­cem­ber. Their scheme was foiled days be­fore it was sup­posed to be car­ried out af­ter the county sher­iff ’s of­fice was tipped off via text mes­sage.

Au­thor­i­ties say the two had planned their at­tack in the days be­fore Christ­mas to in­flict as much dam­age as pos­si­ble.

Sher­iff Tony Spur­lock told The Den­ver Post that lives un­doubt­edly were saved by in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­ing alerted to the threat through a “Text-A-Tip” pro­gram in the Dou­glas County School Dis­trict.

An at­tor­ney for the girl whose case is still in ju­ve­nile court filed a mo­tion fight­ing a me­dia re­quest to un­seal doc­u­ments in the be­come “a laugh­ing­stock” na­tion­ally for its fail­ures to ad­e­quately fund trans­porta­tion and ed­u­ca­tion.

“This is not about TA­BOR case and claim­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tory mis­con­duct.

“There is no direct ev­i­dence in this case of (the) de­fen­dant’s pos­ses­sion of any weapons, bombs or in­cen­di­ary de­vices,” the mo­tion said. “In­stead, the pros­e­cu­tion’s the­ory hinges upon en­tries writ­ten in de­fen­dant’s per­sonal jour­nal, which was seized by law en­force­ment with­out a war­rant and with­out con­sent.”

Au­thor­i­ties said the girls had taken an un­spec­i­fied, sig­nif­i­cant step in their plot, and Brauch­ler ex­plained he thinks the facts will prove them­selves.

“This has the po­ten­tial to be some­thing that is of ex­treme sig­nif­i­cance to mem­bers of this com­mu­nity,” he said.

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