Saying there were aggravating factors proven against a 10-year-old boy who plotted to attack a classmate at Fort Colville Elementary School, Judge Allen Nielson sentenced the boy to 3-5 years in custody Wednesday in Colville.
"I know this is a bad thing I've done," the boy said before breaking down and crying during the hearing.
The boy could be placed on parole after serving three years of his sentence. After sentencing, the boy's attorney indicated they plan to appeal.
During the hearing, Dr. Kevin Hyde addressed the sentencing hearing by phone, saying that he had met the boy for three sessions and felt he was not a high risk for further violent acts.
Hyde reviewed the prosecutors' sentencing recommendation for the boy and felt it was inappropriate.
"I think it would be wrong to incarcerate this child until the age of 16. We don't need to ruin this child's life," Hyde said.
The mother of the girl who would have been the target of the boys' attack said her daughter forgives the boys, however, she feels that while she doesn't know how long the boy should be sentenced for, two years is too little time.