DA, family react to Sammie Chavez verdict

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 9/24/2013 11:46 pm Published: 9/24/2013 11:43 pm

Jurors have found a Bartlesville teen guilty of plotting to harm his classmates.

About nine months ago authorities say Sammie Chavez went to Bartlesville High School ready to kill.

Nineteen-year-old Chavez has been in jail since December when he was arrested, and now he'll stay a little bit longer.

Tuesday, jurors convicted him of planning a school-wide threat and recommended he spend 30 more months in jail with a $5,000 fine.

Some believe his punishment is not enough.

Just after 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, the third floor of the Washington County courthouse was filled with emotional people.

Some, like Chavez's mother, were pleasantly surprised.

“It's not what I expected. It's a lot better than what I expected and I'm happy,” she said.

Her son was found guilty on the count of planning, but not a second count  of conspiring with others.

The Washington County district attorney was frustrated with the outcome.

From the beginning -- Kevin Buchanan knew it'd be a tough case to win.

"When there's simply talk without action, I think jurors have a tough time looking at young people and saying this person needs to go to prison for the next 10 years,” he told FOX23.

Still, the prosecution fought hard.

Tuesday, the state called the two Bartlesville police officers to the stand.

They said they found two disturbing notes when they arrested Chavez at his house last December.

The notes were shown. One said, “I’ve been brought to this point of not feeling sympathy for those who die."

Buchanan reacted. “His thoughts and words when he was by himself -- they scared me,” he said.

However, when Chavez was on the stand, he said his words were just that ... words.

He said he had no intention on following through with the plan.

Chavez's attorney asked the jury consider their thoughts at 18, and asked for them to be lenient on
Chavez's sentence.

They must’ve listened. The maximum Chavez can get is 2.5 years in prison.

Buchanan isn't sure Chavez will learn his lesson with such a short sentence.

Just to be clear, the jury has only recommended the sentencing of 2.5 years, but that's not set in stone.

Chavez will be back in court for formal sentencing in November.

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Unwashed Mass - 9/25/2013 3:43 PM
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Chavez "plan" was all talk, no different than when we were kids and Alice Cooper was singing about "school blown to pieces". The real crime here are the politicians who used this for their own gain, and willing to destroy someones life. The sentence should be for time served.

Mayor Maynot - 9/25/2013 1:04 AM
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There's NOTHING going on in B'Ville. This screwball sheriff puffed his chest up like a Banny Rooster. Did Chavez have any of the chain he would need to secure the doors? I know there is chain used to secure the doors already but it's locked. Not what I would call a very solid plan Appeal this case and demonstrate a little more intelligence by getting Bernie into some trade so's he kin be uh taxpaying citizen.
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