Vermont Supreme Court reverses bail decision in foiled school shooting plot case

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Vermont’s Supreme Court reversed a trial court’s decision to hold the teen accused of planning a mass school shooting, without bail.

The high court released a decision Wednesday, returning it to the lower court for consideration.

The reason, according to court documents, is there is not enough evidence to show Jack Sawyer attempted a crime, as defined by state law, but only that he prepared to commit a crime.

The Poultney teen is accused of plotting a mass school shooting at Fair Haven Union High School. He was arrested in February.

In the documents, justices add “the legislature can, if it chooses, deviate from this long-established standard by passing a law revising the definition of attempt.”

Sawyer faces life in prison without parole if convicted.

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