Jury finds Sammie Chavez guilty on one count, not guilty on other

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Updated: 9/24/2013 5:30 pm Published: 9/24/2013 11:15 am

The jury found a Bartlesville teen accused of plotting to kill students and police officers in a school shooting guilty of planning a violent act, not guilty of conspiring with others.

Sammie Chavez' trial started on Monday.

The police officers that arrested Chavez in December also testified. One officer testified he was concerned about two hand written notes folded in each pocket in Chavez' pants. 

The note was shown to the courtroom it said “maybe I should just do what I’ve been planning for so long.”

Also, “One day I will show them all they do is wrong. They will never forget what I did. I will be remembered forever, changing the way the youth interact with each other. ”


The officer said Chavez also wrote about feeling comforted by the thought of hurting, even killing others. Another line said, “Do any of these kids know how close they come to dying every day?”

The second officer to take the stand was a Lieutenant with the Bartlesville police department who has been on for 18 years. He says a resource officer at the school first alerted him to what was being talked about by Chavez at school.

When officers went to serve the warrant, they found a 22 automatic-rifle inside the home. It was presented to the court as evidence. The officer said he went to the shooting range last week and fired some shots to verify it worked.

He said one other thing that caused him concern in the home was a table referred to as the “murder table.” It had the word ‘murder’ carved into it multiple times with dates and a few names. The lieutenant said there was the date 9/19/12 and the name “Barbie” on the table. He researched the date and found a woman named Barbra was murdered by two 13 year-olds in Wisconsin on that date. When Sammie Chavez took the stand he said he didn’t write any of this, his friend did.

He also talked about searching a hard-drive Sammy Chavez used. He said the investigator found 13,000 word hits on “bomb”. Also, a few hits on the word “rifle” and extensive research on Columbine and the Virginia Tech Massacre. The searches started at the beginning of year up until days before he was arrested.

Sammie Chavez testified and said the plot was all a joke and he was mad at the world. He said he had no intention of a shooting or bombing.

He did admit to talking about it with another classmate in the cafeteria. He said he was researching Columbine out of curiosity because he had recently watched “Bowling for Columbine.” He said multiple times, the whole thing was a joke. He also said he bought the gun that was found in his mom’s apartment. He explained he had bought it for his mom and to his understanding didn’t shoot.

He said the letters found in his pocket was him journaling. It was a way for him to release anxiety, depression and anger. He said he was quote “angry at the world.”

The jury recommended a sentence of 30 months with a $5,000 fine.

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t town253 - 9/24/2013 4:55 PM
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Given the situation and issues we have recently encountered within the past few years, I would say this fits the crime. Too many times we slap people on the hands and give deferred sentences. It is about time we took things more seriously. DONT DO STUPID STUFF.

Unwashed Mass - 9/24/2013 3:23 PM
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There were no guns, no bombs, no plot, just a teen talking... but someone decided this "terrorism" was just the thing to fuel building a new police station,jail,etc.
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