2nd student accused in school bomb plot is released from jail

May 26, 1999|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The second of three Glen Burnie High School students accused in a bomb-making plot was released from a juvenile jail yesterday after an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge sided with the defense lawyer, who argued that the evidence didn't warrant keeping the boy in custody.

The parents of the 14-year-old wept and smiled as Judge Pamela L. North ordered the teen-ager to be placed on home detention, saying he could be only at school or at home, not out with friends and not at his job at a Burger King. She based the release in part on the fact that the youth's mother doesn't work and is available to watch over him, and in part on a report by juvenile authorities recommending his release.

He is the second youth released from the Waxter Children's Center in Laurel in the alleged plot. The first, age 15, was sent home Friday after prosecutors told a judge that the substance seized at his home, which officials suspected to be gunpowder, turned out to be flour and cornstarch. He was at school this week.

Both students are charged with possession of bomb components and conspiracy. A third boy, 14, remains at Waxter. He is charged with making threats at school.

Pub Date: 5/26/99

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