A 15-year-old girl pleaded guilty today to stabbing two fellow students at Snohomish High School last October and was sentenced to juvenile detention until she’s 21, according to Times news partner KING-TV. After that, she will face eight more years in adult prison, KING-TV reports.
The girl’s plea came during a hearing in Snohomish Juvenile Court in Everett to determine whether she should be charged as an adult. But the defense and prosecution reached a plea agreement.
The girl, who turns 16 in April, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and second-degree assault. The Times is not naming the defendant because she was prosecuted as a juvenile.
Police said the girl armed herself with an 8-inch butcher knife and a second knife before going to school Oct. 24. She went into a girls’ restroom on campus and waited in a stall for others to leave before attacking a freshman girl. During the attack, a second freshman girl came to the victim’s defense and was also stabbed, Snohomish police said.
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The victims, April Lutz and Bekah Staudacher, were hospitalized after the attack. Neither knew their attacker.
The families of the two victims released the following statements following today’s plea agreement:
Statement from Randy and Sue Lutz:
Today is a very difficult day for us. We have so many intense emotions about this situation and how deeply it has affected our daughter and our family. With that said, we feel that this agreement is a fair compromise. It allows this very troubled young girl to get the help she has clearly needed for some time while she is still a juvenile, but it also holds her accountable for her horrific actions.
Our focus now is solely on April and making sure she fully recovers physically and emotionally from everything that happened. We would also like to extend our thanks to the communities of Monroe and Snohomish for their continued support, which has been nothing short of remarkable. We are looking forward to putting all of this behind us for good and moving on with our lives.
Statement from Mark and Christa Staudacher:
This is a tough situation for any parent to go through, knowing how bad it was and how much worse it could have been. We are relieved to have some closure and to see the justice system act firmly and fairly under the circumstances. We are most thankful for our daughter’s well-being and that she and April are both still around to help one another return to their normal lives as much as possible. We would also like to thank the community for showing their steadfast support for our daughter and our family during this difficult time.