Daniel Borowy(Photo by WJZ, Baltimore)
TOWSON, Md. (WJZ/AP) - A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting a disabled classmate last year at Perry Hall High School pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges on Tuesday.
Jury selection was supposed to begin Tuesday in Towson for the trial of Robert Gladden Jr. A judge accepted the plea and agreed to sentence Gladden to no more than 40 years in prison. The teen will be sentenced next week.
His lawyer says Gladden brought a shotgun to school to intimidate bullies. He says Gladden didn't target anyone when he fired twice in the Perry Hall High School cafeteria on Aug. 27.
Daniel Borowy, 17, was hit in the back by what police say was a random shot. Borowy has Down syndrome. He was out of school for more than two months.
Gladden is charged with 29 offenses, including nine counts of attempted first-degree murder.