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20-years-old Man Sentenced to 60 years in prison for high school stabbing when he was teen

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A Pittsburgh man who went on a stabbing spree at his high school when he was a teenager was sentenced to a maximum of 60 years in prison Monday.


Alex Hribal, now 20, was 16 when he stabbed 20 students and 1 security guard in the hallway early on the morning of April 9, 2014.

All 21 victims survived, though some were in critical condition and underwent surgeries as a result of the attack.

Hribal, charged as an adult, faces 23.5 to 60 years in state prison, according to the Westmoreland County District Attorney’s office.

 Hribal pleaded guilty in October 2017 to 21 counts of attempted homicide, in addition to 21 counts of aggravated assault and having a weapon on school property, according to court documents.

Though the case never went to trial, during litigation the judge denied a defense motion arguing that Hribal be charged as a juvenile, according to court documents.

Hribal’s defense attorney Patrick Thomassey, citing severe mental illness, also argued that the juvenile be allowed to plead “guilty but mentally ill,” but the judge denied that motion as well.

 Hribal would have been allowed psychological treatment before serving his prison sentence had that motion been granted. Instead he will go directly to prison to begin his sentence.
 The judge ordered Hribal to pay hundreds of thousands in restitution to the victims, but Hribal’s parents aren’t responsible for payment and Hribal will not have a means of income in the foreseeable future, according to his attorney.
 Thomassey said he’s disappointed with the sentencing, calling it excessive.
 “I think this kid is severely mentally ill, but there were politics in this situation that I couldn’t get around.”
 Early in the morning of April 9, 2014, Hribal began the stabbing spree, using a pair of 8-inch kitchen knives to slash those in his path.
 The Franklin Regional Senior High School assistant principal tackled Hribal to the ground to end five gory, terrifying minutes inside his school, Murrysville, Pennsylvania, police Chief Thomas Seefeld said in a press conference after the incident.
 Hribal refused to drop the knives even when he was tackled. “My work is not done, I have more people to kill,” Hribal said, according to the criminal complaint.
 Authorities looking through his locker found “a document” — dated April 6, three days before the mass stabbing — signaling Hribal’s intentions to kill, according to the criminal complaint.
 One part of it read: “I can’t wait to see the priceless and helpless looks on the faces of the students of one of the ‘best schools in Pennsylvania’ realize their previous lives are going to be taken by the only one among them that isn’t a plebeian.”

His parents and classmates insisted afterward that they didn’t see the horror coming. Thomassey, his lawyer, described him as a well-liked and “typical young kid” who had “never been in trouble.”

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Five corpers kidnapped on way to camp in Akwa Ibom and Rivers States

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On Wednesday, unknown gunmen kidnapped five members of the National Youth Service Corps who were travelling to their orientation camps in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states. Two other passengers on the bus conveying the corps members were also kidnapped.

 

The fresh graduates and the other victims were travelling from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to Rivers and Akwa Ibom states where they were billed to undertake their three-week NYSC orientation, when they kidnapped on the Owerri-Port Harcourt Expressway and taken to the Umuapu forest in the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

 

Briefing journalists after the victims were rescued by the police, the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Imo State Police Command, Dasuki Galadanchi, said the kidnappers established contact with the families of the corps members and demanded N5m ransom. The CP gave the names of the corps members as Abiola Temitope, Olubisi Adekanmi, Jose Temitayo, Folarin Opeyemi and Shonibare Ademola.

 

Other victims were identified as Leonard Uzondu and Raymond Ojodahe. The CP said, “The victims were travelling from Ibadan to Port Harcourt. Five out of the seven of them are prospective corps members. They were on their way to the NYSC orientation camps in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states for the three weeks camping.

 

“They were kidnapped around 5am on Wednesday at Umuapu, on the Owerri-Port-Harcourt Expressway. The kidnappers took them to a forest and dispossessed them of all their belongings, including money, phones, ATM cards and voter cards. They compelled them to call their relatives at home to speak to them. Immediately contact was established, they instilled fear in the parents and demanded N5m for their freedom.”

 

The CP explained that through intelligence gathering, the operatives of the Counter Terrorism Unit of the command were alerted.  He said, “The operatives went into the bush and on sighting the officers, the kidnappers abandoned their victims and fled. We rescued them unhurt, but the hoodlums made away with their valuables. This is part of the dividends of community policing. I urge Imo State residents to keep sharing information with the police. We cannot do it alone.”

 

Galadanchi said he had ordered investigation into the incident with a view to arresting the fleeing suspects.  One of the victims, Abiola, said, “They stopped our bus and ordered us at gunpoint to follow them into the forest. They were five with guns and machetes.

 

“In the bush, they took our belongings except our credentials and ordered us to call our parents. They made a demand of N5m, but they later brought it down to N3m. They ordered us to close our eyes. They were even quarrelling on how to share our personal belongings which they took from us. It was in the process that the police intervened and they abandoned us and ran away.”

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Police arrest 2 girls who were allegedly plotting to kill classmates in ritual

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Two Florida middle school students were arrested on Tuesday after they allegedly planned to murder their classmates as a part of a violent satanic ritual that involved drinking their victims’ blood, police said.

Authorities at Bartow Middle School in Bartow, Florida, said two girls — ages 11 and 12 — were about to carry out the deadly ritual on Tuesday afternoon. A staff member, however, caught them hiding in a school bathroom with several weapons, according to police.

Investigators said the girls had a goblet, knives and several other weapons. When asked to explain the items, the girls told the school principal they were planning to murder at least 15 classmates who entered the restroom as a part of the ritual, according to Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall.

They were allegedly waiting for “smaller kids” that they could easily overpower and kill, Hall told “Good Morning America.”

“They had a strong belief in satanism and they believed the more people they killed the faster they would go to hell,” Hall said. “They were looking for easy targets that they could attack with little or no resistance.”

Authorities did not disclose many details about the juvenile suspects. But police said they’d been planning the ritual since the past weekend. They were both charged with conspiracy to commit murder and it was unclear if they had obtained lawyers.

“There was essentially no reaction from either of these two girls. They were not happy. They were not sad,” Hall said. “I would describe them as carefree and nonchalant about the process.”

Investigators said they recovered text messages in which the girls allegedly discussed the details of the attack. They intended to eat the victims’ flesh, place their body parts by the school’s front entrance and kill themselves once it was over, police said.

“I can’t say that I’ve ever seen anything like this,” Hall said. “The fact is that we had other students that heard a rumor and reported that information.”

The school said it had beefed up security ahead of the horrifying discovery.

As a precautionary measure, extra law enforcement officers would be on campus this week.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the thwarted plot, officials said.

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Liberian students celebrate as President George Weah declares Education is free at Public Universities (Video)

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There was massive celebration at the University of Liberia as President George Weah  declared that the university and all other public universities in the country tuition-free.

The 52-year-old made the announcement today during his visit to the University of Liberia and also took to his Facebook page to announce the news to the world.

 

After making the joyful announcement, the president also promised that he would make University education free in the country and make Liberia an example to other African nations.

In a statement made on his official Facebook page, the president wrote: “Today, I am excited to announce that I have declared the University of Liberia and all other public universities in Liberia Tuition-free for all undergraduates.”

Watch the announcent video below.

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