MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The teenager who made a plea deal after being charged with plotting to kill his family and set off explosives at his school may end up returning home.
According to reports at the CBS affiliate in Mankato, a review hearing was held this week in Waseca County for John LaDue, who was 17 in April 2014 when police say they found him in a storage unit with bomb-making materials.
Prosecutors said he was intending to set off bombs at Waseca Junior-Senior High School.
LaDue, now 19, reached a plea deal last October which led to a judge’s sentence of a 10-year stayed prison sentence and a decade of intense supervised probation. His defense argued he was on the autism spectrum and had a fascination with violence.
His sentence also included time at a secure facility in Georgia that treats people for autism spectrum disorder who have a fixation on violence.
KEYC in Mankato reported that, since the plan for treatment in Georgia didn’t pan out, Judge Joseph Chase amended the original sentence to have LaDue stay at an evaluation facility in Minnesota.
A room hasn’t opened up in that facility in the two weeks since the amended sentence, and now LaDue, who has been held at the Waseca County Jail and other locations since his arrest, is approaching the statutory limit for jail time, KEYC reported.
The deadline for LaDue to be held in jail is next Thursday.