Judge Sentences Bartlesville Teen Sammie Chavez To Prison - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Judge Sentences Bartlesville Teen Sammie Chavez In School Violence Plot

Posted: Updated:
Sammie Chavez walking to court in September. Sammie Chavez walking to court in September.
BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma -

A former Bartlesville High School student was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Tuesday.

Sammie Chavez was convicted of planning to shoot and kill students, teachers and first responders at his school.

Sammie Chavez did not comment after being sentenced, but he was seen smiling while talking to his mother afterward. The prosecution was hoping this case would have a different ending, but, still, they say it sends a good message.

Sammie Chavez was convicted in September of planning a Columbine-style shooting at Bartlesville High School. But the jury found him not guilty of actually conspiring to recruit other students and recommended 30 months in prison

According to state law, the judge couldn't go any higher and sentenced Chavez to those two and a half years with credit for time served.

"I'm happy with this. I'm very happy with this, and I can't wait for Sammie to come home," said his mother, Jessie Chavez.

11/8/2013 Related Story: Bartlesville School Staff Want Maximum Sentence For Teen Who Plotted Shooting

In the pre-sentence investigation, teachers and administrators at Bartlesville High School had asked the judge for a strong sentence to show others that his behavior is unacceptable.

District Attorney Kevin Buchanan said the judge's hands were tied, but the jury heard the evidence and thought the 30-month sentence was appropriate.

"I know they're disappointed he's not in jail longer. I certainly asked the jury to consider more time than 30 months and they made their decision, and I respect that," Buchanan said.

Chavez's mother said her son is not the menace he's been made out to be. She said he's been named a trustee at the Washington County jail, a sign that he's behaving, and he has a job waiting at a Bartlesville church when he gets out of prison.

"He's not a danger, he's not a threat. He's an awesome, misunderstood young man, plain and simple," Jessie Chavez said.

Buchanan said this was a challenging case, because Chavez never gathered the weapons or supplies to go through with his plan.

In the future, he said he'll look closer at those factors before deciding what charges to file.

"Each case in the future, I think, is going to depend to some degree on those facts. The degree to which somebody has actually gone to follow through with their plan and prepared to carry out some sort of violent act," Buchanan said.

Chavez has also been ordered to stay away from Bartlesville High School and to not have any contact with any of the school's employees.

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Cold Case

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Turnpike Timelines

    View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.