Teen sentenced to 4 years for planning shooting at Hilliard Davidson High School

17-year-old John Staley seen during his bond hearing on October 2, 2017. He was held on $250,000 bond. (FILE - WSYX/WTTE)

A Hilliard teen was sentenced to 4 years in prison Thursday for planning a mass shooting at Hilliard Davidson High School.

John Staley planned a shooting at his high school in September of 2016. The then 16-year-old was accused of drawing up maps to execute the shooting.

Prosecutors said Staley looked for ways to buy guns online and had tactical vests and gas masks in his home.

Staley apologized for his actions and asked for mercy in court.

"I would like to say that I’m greatly sorry for my actions," said Staley. "I’m sorry to my friends, my family, and the people I’ve affected with those actions. I never meant for this to go this far. And I’m sorry that I have to be in front of you today, this day your honor. Please. Please have mercy on me, sir."

The judge granted him a lesser sentence than the 11-year maximum because he believed Staley has a bright future ahead of him after reading letters from detention center teachers and a psychologist.

Staley received a credit for nearly a year he's already served in custody.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow this story.

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