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Sentencing today for in Freedom High bomb plot

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 03:12 AM
TAMPA -

A teenager who prosecutors say threatened to detonate a bomb in Freedom High School in August 2011 is scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon.

On Oct. 16, Jared Cano pleaded no contest to threatening to discharge a destructive device and attempting to discharge a destructive device with intention to harm.

He also pleaded to drug charges related to a marijuana plant police found in his bedroom during a police search in August 2011.

Police say they were tipped to the plans by another student. Investigators say they found bomb-making materials in Cano's home as well as a timer that they say was rigged to explode a bomb. Defense attorney Norman Canella disputed that, though, saying the plans were mere fantasies of a teenager.

Canella maintained that Cano, now 18, never would have carried out the plans. The attorney said he had hired an expert to examine the evidence and that expert concluded there was nothing that would explode.

Sentencing guidelines call for about 12 months in jail. Cano has been in jail since his arrest in August 2011 and already has served longer than that.

The hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. today before Circuit Judge Kimberly Fernandez.

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