Local Man Sentenced for Plotting School Attack

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WOODSTOCK,Va. (WHSV)-- A man charged with planning an attack at Stonewall Jackson High School will spend about three more months in jail after he was sentenced on Wednesday morning.

Judge Dennis Hupp sentenced Aaron Trump, 18, to 15 years in prison on two charges, but all except for 12 months were suspended. Trump will also get credit for the nine months he's already served, meaning he will serve three more months.

Trump will also be on probation for 30 years once he's released. Ten of those will be supervised, and he will face GPS monitoring for the first year.

Hupp said the case was "very disturbing," but noted it's impossible to know if Trump was actually going to carry out the plot.

Trump was accused of planning terrorist activities at his high school in September of 2013. Court documents involved in the investigation revealed details of the plan.

Investigators checked into Trump's Facebook page and looked at his photos, private messages, notes, wall postings, videos and anything associated to the IP address from Trump's account, according to the records.

He was planning a massacre similar to the attack at Columbine High school and he planned to use a shotgun, Molotov fire bombs and knives, according to court records.

Hupp referenced the shootings at Virginia Tech and Newtown in announcing the sentencing. He said it was "chilling" to think Stonewall Jackson High School could have been attached to those.

Judge Hupp also noted Trump suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. He said jail time put Trump at a greater risk of violent behavior in the future.

Trump will serve out the next three months at RSW Regional Jail. He will also face several conditions of probation, including mostly no internet account and no social media accounts.


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