Nicole Cevario, a 19-year-old Maryland teenager who was planning a mass shooting, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Cevario was for plotting a mass shooting at Catoctin High School in Frederick County, Maryland.
Cevario was sentenced to two decades after she pled guilty to possessing explosive material with the intent to create a destructive device. According to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Cevario’s own father turned her in after finding a detailed journal at home full of attack plans in March 2017.
Inside the journal, Cevario found talk of a shotgun with ammo, bomb material and the school’s emergency plan. Cevario indicated that the date for the potential attack would be April 5, 2017.
According to ABC, when police searched her home, they say they found the journal, a shotgun, ammunition, pipes and caps, shrapnel, fireworks, magnesium tape and fuse material.
The gun and other items were purchased legally, police said. Cevario reportedly planned to saw off the shotgun.Cevario’s diary referenced the horrific school shootings in Columbine, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut, Jenkins said. She focused on mistakes those shooters made, the sheriff said.
Also, she said she believed she would be the first female mass shooter.
The diary showed the high schooler, who had been taking college classes in criminal justice and working at a carryout restaurant, had been planning the attack for some time, police said. She expressed frustrations about her personal life and compiled information on the school’s emergency procedures and the school resource deputy on duty.
Cevario planned to commit suicide with a shotgun during the attack.