Attorney: Suspect in Vermont school plot could be released

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's top public defender says he thinks the teenager accused of planning a school shooting that led to changes in the state's gun laws should be released following a bail hearing.

Jack Sawyer is due in court Tuesday.

The 18-year-old Sawyer has been held without bail since being arrested in February on charges that include attempted aggravated murder.

Last week, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled Sawyer's actions in planning a shooting at the Fair Haven Union High School didn't meet the legal definition of an attempt, so it sent the case back to the lower court for a bail hearing.

Defender General Matthew Valerio, who oversees public defenders, says bail is designed to ensure a suspect appears in court, and Sawyer should be released.

The prosecutor's office would not comment on what might take place at the hearing.

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