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Teen avoids more jail in bomb-hoax case

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — The teen accused of placing a hoax bomb at Warren County High School pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday in Warren County Circuit Court.

Caleb Daniel Sutphin, 18, of the 200 block of Deerhaven Road, admitted to placing a hoax bomb in one of the schoolís bathrooms.

Per a plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge Clifford Athey Jr. gave Sutphin a one-year suspended sentence, with credit for 18 days spent in jail, and a year of probation.

Athey said Sutphin should be given 50 hours of community service, but left that to the discretion of his probation officer.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Bryan Layton presented evidence that would have been used if the case had gone to trial. That included security tape footage of Sutphin at the crime scene.
During a subsequent interview with investigators, Sutphin admitted to placing the hoax bomb.

In a social media conversation days before the trial, Sutphin said he may do something that would land him in jail, Layton said.

There are no sentencing guidelines to the crime, and Athey said he could chose whatever sentence he pleased.

Athey said he agreed to the plea agreement's terms due to Sutphin's age, and the fact that young people make mistakes. The probation will, however, be "zero tolerance."

If Sutphin makes any mistakes "whatsoever," Athey said he would not hesitate to revoke the suspended sentence.



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