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School stabbings suspect seeks guilty but mentally ill plea

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 30, 2016 8:45 AM
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(Pittsburgh) -- A teen charged with slashing and stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at a Pennsylvania high school wants to plead guilty but mentally ill.

According to a published report, Alex Hribal's attorney filed the document Friday.

Hribal is 18 but was just 16 during the April 2014 rampage at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Westmoreland County.

Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey has never denied Hribal committed the attacks using two 8-inch kitchen knives from his home, but has argued it was fueled by the defendant's mental health issues.

But a judge must agree that Hribal was mentally ill in order to allow the plea.

Thomassey didn't immediately return a call for comment and Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck won't say if he'll oppose the move.

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