Student Arrested On School Gun Charges Reaches Plea Agreement

One of the boys who took guns to Fruita Middle School in November was sentenced Friday. Ricky Johnson, 15, along with Aaron Dicamillo, is being charged as an adult. He has been held on $20,000 bond in the Division of Youth Corrections for the past 90 days.

A plea agreement was reached in the case between the District Attorney's office and Johnson's attorney Edward Nugent. Johnson pleaded guilty as an adult to felony posession of a weapon on school grounds. He will receive a deferred judgement of 4 years, meaning if he complies with the conditions of probation, at the end of 4 years the case can be dismissed.

He also pleaded guilty to posession of a hand gun by a juvenile. He was sentenced on that charge as a juvenile and will serve a 2 year commitment to the Division of Youth Services. Johnson also received probation with supervision and cannot have any contact with the victims in this case.

At the end of the 2 year sentence he may petition for reinstatement in order to return to public school. If he wouldn't have taken the plea agreement and convicted of the worst sentence, johnson could have received 18 months in an adult prison, which would have been less incarceration time.

According to Nugent, that would be a traumatic situation for his client and would not allow the possibility of deferred judgement. He also told 11 News that he believes the plea agreement and sentence addresses the community's concern about what happened and that this was taken seriously but ensures that johnson has a chance to change his life and move on from this experience and not allow it to ruin his life.

Dicamillo is also considering a plea agreement and will be back in court in March.

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