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Westside Shooter Pleads Not Guilty to New Charges

BENTONVILLE, AR - An Arkansas man who as a child helped kill four classmates and a teacher during a 1998 Jonesboro school shooting has pleaded not guilty to theft and fraud charges.

Mitchell Johnson faces two felony charges after police say he took a debit card left by a disabled man at a gas station in Bentonville where Johnson worked.  If convicted, Johnson could face a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

A hearing in the case was scheduled for May 5.  A jury trial is set for June 24.

The latest charges come as Johnson remains in the Benton County jail after a judge revoked his bail while he was awaiting sentencing on a federal weapons conviction.  A jury convicted Johnson in January of owning a gun while being a user of or addicted to a controlled substance.  He has yet to be sentenced in that case.

In 1998, Johnson, then 13, and Andrew Golden, then 11, shot at students and teachers at Westside Middle School after Golden pulled a fire alarm.  The boys killed English teacher Shannon Wright and four students, ages 11 and 12.  Ten others were wounded.  The case was handled in juvenile court.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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