Teen Accused of School Bombing Plot Avoids Most Serious Charges

By: AP
By: AP

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Prosecutors have dropped the most serious
charge against a South Carolina teenager accused of plotting to
blow up his high school.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that Ryan Schallenberger will not be
charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, which
carries a potential life sentence. The 18-year-old Chesterfield
high school senior instead has been indicted on three explosives
charges that carry a combined maximum sentence of 40 years in

Acting U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald would not give any specifics
about why the most serious charge was dropped.

Schallenberger's attorney did not answer his office phone after
hours. A message could not be left because the lawyer's voice mail
was full.

The straight-A student was arrested April 19.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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