Student, 17, sentenced to four years for plot to kill members of a black church in Georgia.
THE teenager from Gainesville was accused of planning a foiled attack on a predominantly black Gainesville church and was sentenced on Thursday, October 22, to 10 years probation, counselling and four years at a Department of Juvenile Justice facility.
Caitlyn Pye was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder after plotting an attack on Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Mill Street.
Juvenile Court Judge Alison Toller, who handled the cases both in Juvenile and Superior Court, sentenced her to stay in the Department of Juvenile Justice’s custody until she is 21, followed by a decade of probation, reports Gainesville Times.
Pye must also stay away from any AME church.
Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said he thought the sentence was appropriate and hoped it “will have a significant impact on Ms Pye and her future that she might change the attitudes that she had and attitudes she may have later.”
He added that the sentence reflected that “hate, racism and White supremacy simply (have) no place in Gainesville, Georgia”.
During her court appearanc, Pye sobbed as she read a statement addressing the church, saying she was “truly sorry for what I’ve done.”
Pye was charged on November 15, 2019, after school resource officers reportedly discovered she had a notebook that ‘detailed plans to commit murder’ at the church.
After searching the teenager’s schoolbag, two T-shirts were also found, one of which had ‘natural selection’ written on the front while the other said ‘Free Dylann Storm Roof’.
The second also had swastikas drawn on each arm.
Roof opened fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015 and killed nine people.
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