School Shooter in Jail as Adult for Lewdness, Burglary

School Shooter in Jail as Adult for Lewdness, Burglary

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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- The man who held his junior high school hostage with a gun seven years ago is spending 150 days in jail for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl and recruiting youths to help him rob houses.

Jordan Parry, now 21, of West Point, was sentenced Thursday in 2nd District Court after pleading guilty to burglary and lewdness charges.

The latter charge will land him on the state's registered sex-offender list during his three-year probation and 10 years after it's completed.

Judge Thomas L. Kay stayed a prison term of one to 15 years for the burglary count if Parry successfully completes probation.

In February 1998, Parry, then 14, pulled out a handgun and shot into the ceiling of his school cafeteria. He held 20 students hostage for about half an hour until police offered him a car.

Parry was taking two students with him toward the car when an officer threw a flash grenade that stuns its victims with bright light and noise. Officers were able to disarm Parry and take him into custody.

He was sentenced to a juvenile facility and later released.

On Thursday, Kay allowed the victims in the burglary and lewdness cases to speak before the sentencing.

One mother said she was concerned Parry could manipulate teenagers. Another said her children are afraid of Parry and asked that Kay order the man not to contact them or family members, which the judge obliged.

Before he was sentenced, Parry told the judge that his stay in jail awaiting sentencing has shown him how much he has lost. He said he was now the father of a 3-month-old boy and wants to turn his life around.

Parry allegedly kept stolen property from the burglarized homes until he heard the owners were offering rewards for its return, and then turned the items in for the money.

The three West Point Junior High students allegedly involved in the burglaries have been charged in juvenile court.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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