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Student Gets 24 Years in Shooting

September 13, 2001

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) _ A student who shot and wounded five people at a high school pleaded guilty to attempted murder Thursday in a plea agreement in which he will be sentenced to at least 24 years in prison.

Jason Hoffman, 18, also pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and assault in the March 22 attack at Granite Hills High School in suburban San Diego.

Under the plea agreement, Hoffman will be sentenced to 27 years to life and must serve a minimum of 24 years before he is eligible for parole, prosecutor Dan Lamborn said. He is to be sentenced Nov. 8.

``He is extraordinarily remorseful for what he did,″ defense attorney William Trainor said.

Trainor said he had presented evidence to prosecutors indicating that Hoffman suffers from psychological problems, but declined to elaborate.

Lamborn said the agreement was reached in part to bring closure to the case and avoid further disruptions at the school.

The attack came two weeks after a shooting at a school in nearby Santee killed two students and left 13 people wounded.

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