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Waseca teen accused of terror plot due in court Monday

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The Waseca teenager who was arrested last month, accused of a plot to kill his family and bomb his school, is due in court Monday.

John LaDue, 17, has been charged with 12 felonies, including four counts of attempted first-degree murder and possession of explosive devices.

He'll find out Monday if he'll be charged as an adult, KSTP reports.

John LaDue's father, David LaDue, told KARE 11 that he'll fight any attempt to charge his son as an adult.

If LaDue is convicted of one count of attempted first-degree murder as an adult, he could serve up to 18 years in prison, the Star Tribune says. If he's convicted as a juvenile, he could be released from a detention center when he turns 21, the newspaper notes.

Police say John LaDue detailed his plot in a notebook, according to a criminal complaint. First he intended to kill his mother, father and sister, and then head to Waseca Junior/Senior High School, where he’d create a diversion to distract first responders. The teen then planned to set off pressure-cooker bombs full of nails and metal ball bearings in the cafeteria. Amid the ensuing chaos, he intended to fatally shoot more students.

Investigators have said that John LaDue idolized the Columbine High School killers. His father told the Star Tribune that he never had a reason to be concerned about his son and he's questioned himself over the signs he may have missed that could have clued him in on his son's violent thoughts.

“I can’t believe that he actually intended to do it. I really can’t. But I don’t expect anyone to believe that," David LaDue told the newspaper.

John LaDue's plot was thwarted when an alert citizen noticed him acting suspiciously at a storage locker in Waseca, according to a criminal complaint. Police were called to the scene, where they found John LaDue and he told them of his plans.

John LaDue is also accused of leaving three small explosive devices on a playground at Hartley Elementary School back in March. Two of them were found detonated, one failed to ignite, police said.

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