Teen Accused of School Plot to Plead No Contest

By: AP
By: AP

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa Bay area teen is set to plead no contest to plotting to blow up his high school last year.

An attorney for 18-year-old Jared Cano informed a Hillsborough County judge on Wednesday. He will officially enter the plea at an Oct. 16 hearing. He faces charges of threatening to discharge a destructive device and attempting to discharge a destructive device with intention to harm. Each charge carries up to 15 years in prison.

Cano was arrested in August 2011 after police say they found bomb-making materials and a "manifesto" outlining Cano's plans in his home.

Authorities say Cano was planning to bomb Freedom High School. The intent was to cause more casualties than the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, which resulted in 13 deaths before the two shooters killed themselves.

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