Teen sentenced to 12 years for plotting to blow up a Virginia Beach school
A teenager convicted of plotting to blow up a Virginia Beach High school has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Seventeen year-old Philip Bay had bombs, bullets and sawed-off shotguns in his basement and was convicted of a plot to kill at least 30 people in April 2009 at Landsdown High School in Virginia Beach.
He saw himself as a vigilante against “bullies,” and recruited a couple of younger students to help, one of whom told his mother, who called police just two weeks before the plan was to take place.
A jury rejected his insanity plea and convicted him last Nomvember of 18 felony charges related to the plot, and yesterday Judge William O’Brien sentenced him to 68 years in prison, all but 12 suspended. Bay, now 19, said he was sorry, but the judge said “the offense here is absolutely horrendous.”
Not once, he said, did he hear Bay say he never would have carried out his plan.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News