DA, defense: School stabbings suspect mulling guilty plea

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 21, 2017 8:26 AM

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

In this Oct. 26, 2015, file photo, Alex Hribal, right, is escorted to a bail hearing in Greensburg, Pa. Hribal is charged as an adult with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard April 9, 2014, at his suburban Pittsburgh high school.

(Pittsburgh) -- A man charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at his suburban Pittsburgh high school will spend the weekend mulling whether to plead guilty.

The development grew out of a pretrial hearing in Westmoreland County on Friday for 20-year-old Alex Hribal (RY'-bal).

Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey confirmed the development for The Associated Press but wouldn't comment further.

District Attorney John Peck says he previously offered Hribal 30 to 60 years in prison for slashing his way through the hallways of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville on April 9, 2014.

But Peck said if Hribal pleads guilty next week, he'll enter a general plea.

That means a judge will decide Hribal's sentence for 21 counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, plus a weapon's charge.

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