Peter Cunningham sentenced

Spree-planning teen gets 5 years:

Peter Cunningham, one of the four South Jersey teens arrested for plotting an attack against Winslow Township High School, has been sentenced…

Former Winslow Township High School student Peter Cunningham, 16, was sentenced this morning to five years in New Jersey state prison for his role in a conspiracy to shoot students and faculty at the high school last spring.

Cunningham copped a plea in July to five years in adult prison. He could have gotten 25 years if he faced a jury.

Peter Cunningham’s deal

Boy pleads guilty in plot to open fire at school:

Here are the details of the plea…

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) _ A 16-year-old boy on Tuesday admitted his role in a plot to open fire at a Camden County high school earlier this year.

Peter Cunningham, 16, of Winslow Township, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm for an unlawful purpose. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, he will be sentenced to five years in state prison.

He is to be sentenced on Sept. 15 and could be eligible for parole in about a year and a half _ a considerable break from the 25 years in prison he could have faced if convicted by a jury on all counts.

In exchange for his help, prosecutors dropped charges of conspiracy to commit murder, making terroristic threats and conspiracy to make terroristic threats.

Cunningham, the oldest of the alleged plotters, agreed to cooperate with authorities as they prosecute three other teenagers who were arrested in April after school officials uncovered the alleged plot. He also agreed to turn over some documents and other materials related to the alleged plot and to “Goth” culture.

In exchange for his help, prosecutors dropped charges of conspiracy to commit murder, making terroristic threats and conspiracy to make terroristic threats.

Cunningham agreed to plead guilty in adult criminal court, which means he will serve his prison sentence in adult prison instead of a youth facility.

This kid has got stones to do a 5 year stretch in the state pen.

It will be interesting to see how the rest of this plays out.