A Tampa teenager accused of plotting to blow up Freedom High School was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Jared Cano, arrested last year, pleaded no contest to charges in October. He was arrested after police found bomb-making materials at his house.
He was also sentenced to 10 years of probation.
Investigators said they found a detailed account of his plan to blow up the school, kill administrators and shoot students.
Authorities said his intent was to cause more casualties than the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, which resulted in 13 deaths before the two shooters killed themselves.
Emotions ran high in the courtroom as the judge handed down the sentence. Cano BROKE DOWN INTO TEARS, shook HIS HEAD AND looked BACK AT HIS FAMILY.
His whole family was inside the courtroom, and his little sister had to be was hysterically crying as the judge read the sentence, and had to be removed from the courtroom.
Judge Kimberley Fernandez told the courtroom this is one of the most difficult cases she has ever had to oversee.
She said her decision came down to whether or not Jared Cano is still considered dangerous and a threat to the community, or if his threats to carry out a Columbine-type massacre at Freedom High School was all talk.
Fernandez said his history of impulsive behavior, combined with anger and retaliation issues were all a recipe for disaster, which is why she ended up handing down the lengthy sentence.
Cano's mother, sister, and grandparents spoke during today's hearing. They all pled the judge for a light sentence, saying Cano suffered from anxiety and had anger issues, but that he would never actually carry out any of the threats.
Just before the sentence, Cano begged the judge to give him another chance to turn his life around.
"Don't' make me the poster child for something evil, let me be the poster child for something good. I don't want to kill nobody I just want a chance. A chance to do something right," he said.
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