One of two 16-year-old girls accused of conspiring to kill students at their suburban Denver high school has been charged as an adult after prosecutors say she bought a BB gun for target practice and mapped plans for an attack.
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Sienna Johnson with conspiracy to commit murder and asked that she not be allowed to return to Mountain Vista High School in the affluent suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
The prosecutors said Johnson showed no remorse and told investigators that if she were released she would try again and better hide her plans.
Sienna Johnson, 16, was charged as an adult on Tuesday with conspiracy to commit murder after prosecutors say she bought a BB gun for target practice and planned attack at Mountain Vista High School in a Denver, Colorado, suburb
During Tuesday’s hearing, prosecutors also asked that Johnson not be allowed to return to Mountain Vista High School
Defense attorneys requested a hearing to transfer the case back to juvenile court. A judge set her bond at $1million.
The girls were arrested after police were alerted to their plans on December 12 via a text-a-tip program developed for schools.
Prosecutors are awaiting the results of a mental health exam and other evidence before deciding whether to charge the second girl as an adult. She faces another hearing on January 14.
Her parents declined to comment after Tuesday’s hearing, and Johnson’s parents could not be located for comment.
In addition to buying the BB gun, authorities said Johnson had harmed a pet and kept a journal where she drew disturbing images and wrote about the 1994 film ‘Natural Born Killers’, which profiled young serial killers.
She also obtained maps of the school and the schedule of a school resource officer, prosecutors said.
An attorney for one of the girls argued in court filings that the case hinges on entries in a journal that police illegally seized. The girl was keeping the journal at the urging of a therapist, attorney Dagna Van Der Jagt said in the motion, The Denver Post reported.
Johnson (pictured) and friend, another 16-year-old girl, were arrested after police were alerted to their plans to attack the school on December 12 via a text-a-tip program developed for schools. An attorney for one of the girls argued in court filings that the case hinges on entries in Johnson’s journal that police illegally seized
‘There is no direct evidence in this case of the defendant’s possession of any weapons, bombs, or incendiary devices,’ Van Der Jagt wrote in the motion opposing a request by media outlets to unseal documents in the case.
The judge did not immediately rule on whether to release documents in the case.
Many of the journal entries, however, were posted on her blog, in which she also posts her artwork and pictures of herself.
She even wrote a section devoted to her life growing up, bouncing between her mother, father and grandparents’ houses.
In one entry, she describes feeling ‘very alone and very isolated and very betrayed’.
In another, ‘They’re still after you’ is written in the margin and she writes, ‘I’m no saint bu it feels self-sacrificing to let someone into my head’.
One entry, which is written like song lyrics or a poem, has ‘I hate myself. I’d blow my head off (before happiness). I have it under control’, written at the top of the page.
Another features a letter she wrote to God, in which she asks for forgiveness, in which she says, ‘I didn’t mean to be so rotten, so moody, so unhappy. I’ve been so unclean but I’m back to purity’.