Teen found guilty in Roseburg High shooting

- ROSEBURG, Ore. - A juvenile court judge found Vincent
Leodoro guilty Thursday of trying to kill a schoolmate at the
Roseburg High School campus.


"I think that Mr. Leodoro intended to kill the victim," said
Judge Robert Millikan, as the teen sat at the defense table, his
gaze lowered.


Sentencing was scheduled for July 7. Leodoro could be in custody
until the age of 25.


He was accused of wounding 16-year-old Joseph Monti, who was hit
four times in the back Feb. 23. Police said he appeared to have
fired after Monti had already fallen. Police said Leodoro used a
semiautomatic pistol loaded with hollow-point bullets, which expand
on impact.


The verdict followed brief closing arguments.


His attorney, Bruce Tower, said the teen continually denied
trying to kill Monti, saying he meant only to hurt him.


But prosecutor Ann Marie Simmons said Leodoro's actions spoke
louder than his words.


On Wednesday, Roseburg Police Detective Joe Kaney testified that
Leodoro told him shortly after the shooting that Monti had
threatened to hurt the Leodoro family. Kaney said the conflict
appeared to have stemmed from Leodoro's irritation over the way
Monti joined the younger teen's group of friends, gaining the
attention of two of Leodoro's female friends.


Outside the courtroom, Monti denied that he had made a threat,
the Roseburg News-Review reported.


It was the first school shooting in Oregon since Kip Kinkel
killed two students and wounded several others at Springfield's
Thurston High School in 1998. He was sentenced to nearly 112 years
in prison.


(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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