Vt. Supreme Court: Teen accused in school shooting plot deserves bail

Published: Apr. 11, 2018 at 6:04 PM EDT
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The Vermont Supreme Court has sided with the teen who allegedly plotted to shoot up his former high school.

At issue was whether Jack Sawyer, 18, of Poultney, could be held without bail.

The defense said that planning for an attempt was not the same thing as making an attempt.

The state says Sawyer did take the steps that justify him being held without bail, pointing to a journal Sawyer kept.

The high court sided with the defense, pointing to prior rulings in Vermont that said preparation alone was not enough to prove an attempt.