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Suspected mastermind in mass school shooting plot to stay in jail

John Staley is accused of plotting a mass shooting at Hilliard Davidson High School. (WSYX/WTTE) 

The teen accused of plotting a mass shooting at Hilliard Davidson High School will stay behind bars on a $250,000 bond.

John Staley, 17, faced a judge for the first time Monday afternoon since the conspiracy charges against him were transferred to adult court. One day after the Las Vegas shooting, Staley's attorney argued his client is not a threat to society.

"Everyone is concerned about the Las Vegas matter. That's a Las Vegas matter," defense attorney Stephen Palmer told ABC 6/FOX 28. 'This is a different matter here in Franklin County. As far as how he would respond, all we have to do is look to see how he did respond."

Police arrested Staley last year as prosecutors said he drew up maps to execute his plan, looked for way to buy guns online and had tactical vests and gas masks in his home. Prosecutors told the judge Monday that Staley remains a threat to society. Palmer maintains his client was released from juvenile detention for three months before the case was transferred out of juvenile court. In that time, Palmer said Staley remained on an ankle monitor, obeyed his restrictions of release and attended school online.


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