Judge Thomas Cooper accepts a guilty pleas from Austen Almeida, left, during a hearing at the Beaufort County Courthouse on Wednesday. Almeida pleaded guilty today to three weapons charges and disturbing schools in connection with a May 1 incident at Bluffton High, where he was a student and brought a gun, knives, gas, a lighter -- which caused a lockdown. He pled guilty to possessing an explosive device, carrying weapons on school property and unlawful firearm possession, and is to be sentenced April. The Solicitor's Office plans to have a state psychiatrist review Almeida's psychological evaluation and conduct its own. He was later denied bond.
Judge Thomas Cooper accepts a guilty pleas from Austen Almeida, left, during a hearing at the Beaufort County Courthouse on Wednesday. Almeida pleaded guilty today to three weapons charges and disturbing schools in connection with a May 1 incident at Bluffton High, where he was a student and brought a gun, knives, gas, a lighter -- which caused a lockdown. He pled guilty to possessing an explosive device, carrying weapons on school property and unlawful firearm possession, and is to be sentenced April. The Solicitor's Office plans to have a state psychiatrist review Almeida's psychological evaluation and conduct its own. He was later denied bond. Jay Karr
Judge Thomas Cooper accepts a guilty pleas from Austen Almeida, left, during a hearing at the Beaufort County Courthouse on Wednesday. Almeida pleaded guilty today to three weapons charges and disturbing schools in connection with a May 1 incident at Bluffton High, where he was a student and brought a gun, knives, gas, a lighter -- which caused a lockdown. He pled guilty to possessing an explosive device, carrying weapons on school property and unlawful firearm possession, and is to be sentenced April. The Solicitor's Office plans to have a state psychiatrist review Almeida's psychological evaluation and conduct its own. He was later denied bond. Jay Karr

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