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The Latest: New gun law used in school shooting plot case

April 13, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on the Vermont Supreme Court regarding the school shooting plot suspect. (all times local):

5 p.m.

The day after Vermont’s governor signed a package of gun control measures, one of the new laws was used to keep a school shooting plot suspect from purchasing or possessing dangerous weapons.

A superior court judge signed an emergency order Wednesday after determining that 18-year-old Jack Sawyer poses an extreme risk of physical harm to himself of others.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he shifted his stance to support some gun restrictions after reading the police affidavit in the Sawyer case.

Prosecutors say Sawyer, who kept a diary called “Journal of an Active Shooter,” made detailed plans for a shooting at Fair Haven Union High School. He has pleaded not guilty to attempted aggravated murder and other charges.

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This item has been corrected to show the order was signed the day after the governor signed the legislation.

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1 p.m.

Some residents say their Vermont community is on edge after the state Supreme Court ruled that a teen charged with planning a shooting at his former high school should be granted bail.

The court ruled Wednesday that 18-year-old Jack Sawyer didn’t act on his plan and prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence to justify holding him without bail.

Prosecutors say Sawyer made detailed plans for a shooting at Fair Haven Union High School March 14.

School Superintendent Brooke Olsen-Farrell sent a note to parents saying additional safety measures are being implemented. They include a swipe-card access system, increased police presence and perimeter checks.

Fair Haven cafe owner Mark Gutel told multiple news organizations the Supreme Court decision “scares people.”

Sawyer has pleaded not guilty. He returns to court April 27.

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