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Teen sentenced in school shooting plot

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Sienna Johnson sentenced to 5 years in Department of Youth Corrections. Sienna Johnson sentenced to 5 years in Department of Youth Corrections.
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The second teenager accused of planning a Columbine-style attack at Mountain Vista High School in 2015 is sentenced to spend as much as five years behind bars. The judge sentenced 17-year-old Sienna Johnson Friday in the wake of her guilty plea earlier this year.

Johnson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder charges and menacing, added on was a violent juvenile offender charge, which is a sentence enhancer. Originally she was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

Her sentence calls for her to spend five years in the Department of Youth Corrections but she will be evaluated when she turns 21 and at that time a judge would have the option of placing her on probation.

The judge could also send her to prison to finish her term. The menacing charge was filed in adult court, meaning with her guilty plea Johnson will have a felony conviction on her record for life. Once she is released she will have four years of supervised probation.

Johnson's accomplice, 18-year-old Brooke Higgins, pleaded guilty last year to solicitation of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

The teens were accused of planning to carry out the attack on Dec. 17, 2015, the last day of classes before the holiday break at the Douglas County School. They faced such serious charges according to prosecutors because of the detailed nature of the crimes.

Although both were originally facing the same charges, their plea deals reportedly lead to two different outcomes.

Higgins was sentenced to three years in the Department of Youth Corrections and she will then begin a deferred judgment on the second charge, meaning she would have to stay out of trouble for four years to avoid going to prison. Upon completion of that time, Higgins would have no felony record, if she was arrested again she could face as much as 24 years in prison.

Johnson will always have a felony on her record, but if she fails to complete her probation she will only face six years in prison.

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