A Centre County Christian Academy student was sentenced to two years of probation Tuesday for bringing a weapon to school.
Cody Confer, 18, of Bellefonte, was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and possessing a weapon on school property in March. Confer pleaded guilty to bringing a weapon to school in July — the terroristic threat charge was withdrawn.
Prior to sentencing, Confer’s attorney, Tami Fees, argued for probation over jail time, saying the situation grew from a weekend of airsoft and target shooting to Confer’s mistake in bringing an airsoft rifle and a disassembled AR-style rifle onto school grounds.
Prior to his arrest, she said, Confer was scheduled for early entrance into the U.S. Army, and still plans to enter as soon as he can enlist.
Two members of Confer’s church spoke in support of his character. Confer himself delivered an emotional plea to the court, apologizing for the situation and accepting any punishment.
The District Attorney’s Office argued that the situation arose because Confer had threatened that “he had enough ammo to take out the whole school.” He also allegedly told a classmate he had a hit list, and she was at the top.
County Judge Jonathan D. Grine sentenced Confer to two years of probation, a $100 fine and 10 days of community service. He must also pay court costs and is prohibited from possessing a rifle, shotgun or handgun during that time.