VIRGINIA CITY— A Harrison youth on Monday changed his plea to true on a charge of criminal endangerment for bringing guns to school in his backpack.
Spencer Ore, 15, was given probation by Judge Loren Tucker in Madison County youth court after entering his true plea. True or not true replaces guilty or not guilty in juvenile court.
As terms of his probation, he must successfully complete a treatment program at a youth home where he currently resides. His probation officer, Sam Stockett, said he expects the program to take between six and nine months.
After he completes that program, Ore will be released to live with his parents. Unless stipulated by the court, he will remain on probation until he is 18.
His probation requirements include maintaining a treatment program outlined by Stockett, avoiding all firearms and deadly weapons with the exception of family hunting trips, and abiding by a curfew of 8 p.m.
Madison County sheriff’s deputies arrested the youth after the two guns, a loaded .357 Magnum revolver and an unloaded .22-caliber pistol, were found in his backpack on Harrison School property on Jan. 25.
The incident began when a student told Harrison School Superintendent Fred Hofman that another student had a gun in his backpack. That student,Ore, was taken to the superintendent’s office and his backpack was secured.
Harrison, a small rural school, is located near Highway 287, about 25 miles east of Whitehall and about 50 miles southeast of Butte.