Back in January of 2017, 17-year-old Ely Ray Serna entered West Liberty-Salem High School in West Liberty, Ohio, armed with a shotgun. Serna ended up shooting 16-year-old Logan Cole in the chest. Cole required extensive surgeries and had a shotgun pellet lodged near his heart. Thankfully, Logan Cole survived his injuries.
Serna was charged as an adult and was expected to go to trial, however, back in early April of this year, Serna pleaded guilty to attempted murder, felonious assault and inducing panic. Earlier today, Serna was sentenced to 23 1/2 years behind bars.
When asked by the sentencing judge if there was any reason behind the shooting Serna was said to have replied, “I can’t say I was angry about anybody or anything, I didn’t have anybody targeted.” I doubt that’s true at all. No one goes into a school and shoots someone in the chest with a shotgun unless they were angry or deranged. My guess is, after shooting Cole in the chest, Serna lost his nerve, even offering Cole the shotgun and asking Cole to shoot him. If anything, Serna was probably just another copycat looking to be ‘famous’. The problem with so many copycats is their names tend to be forgotten. For every Adam Lanza or Eric Harris, there are several Ely Sernas whose names will be forgotten over time, as they should be.