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Teens sentenced for threatening to shoot up school

Joseph Michael Griffin (Source: Sharp Co. Sheriff's Dept. via Vinelink) Joseph Michael Griffin (Source: Sharp Co. Sheriff's Dept. via Vinelink)
Chase Wiles (Source: Sharp Co. Jail via Vinelink) Chase Wiles (Source: Sharp Co. Jail via Vinelink)
SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

A judge sentenced two teens to probation after they pleaded guilty to threatening to shoot up their school.

Sharp County sheriff's deputies arrested Joseph Michael Griffin, then 18, on Aug. 23, 2016, after a Highland High School counselor reported he inappropriately touched a student.

When confronted with the accusations, according to the court documents, Griffin said he “wanted to shoot the school up.” 

Deputies also arrested Chase Wiles, then 18, on Oct. 24, 2016, after his girlfriend reported Wiles was threatening to commit a shooting at Highland High School.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Wiles said he would get his father's guns, go to the school, and "kill as many students as he could before the police showed up." He then planned to be killed in a shootout with police.

On Wednesday, March 8, both Wiles and Griffin, who are now 19 years old, appeared in Sharp County Circuit Court where they each entered negotiated pleas of guilty to first-degree terroristic threatening.

A judge sentenced both teens to 72-months probation.

According to court documents, both men must continue with mental health counseling and are not permitted to have any contact with any school while on probation.

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