3 more charged in connection with Waseca teen's suspected terror plot


Two juveniles and one adult are facing felony charges in connection with what authorities say was a Waseca teenager's plot to kill his family and set off bombs at local schools.

In a press release, the Waseca Police Department says none of the three newly charged suspects knew of John LaDue's plan to kill students and staff at Waseca Junior/High School, however.

According to police, two 17-year-olds are charged in juvenile court with aiding and abetting LaDue, also 17, in the creation of incendiary devices.

Police say one of the teens bought 15 pounds of a chemical used in the making of the devices, then helped LaDue build some and set them off at Oak Park and near the school ball fields. The other is accused of helping LaDue to construct some explosives, which the two then attempted to set off in a field near the Waseca Junior/Senior High School.

Meanwhile, 40-year-old Michael Jacobs is charged with selling a pistol to LaDue, who is under 18. Police say Jacobs admitted he sold a .45 caliber Llama handgun and magazine to LaDue in the fall of 2013 for $350, and did not notify authorities as required by law.

LaDue's trial

Authorities say LaDue intended to kill his mother, father and sister, and then head to Waseca Junior/Senior High School, where he 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.

Earlier this week, a judge ordered the teenager's journal be sealed, after the defense requested the move on grounds it contained irrelevant material. Authorities say LaDue laid out his attack plans in the journal and prosecutors had submitted it as evidence.

The defense has until July 7 to submit its probable cause brief, while the prosecution has until July 19.

A certification hearing, where the judge will decide if LaDue will be tried as an adult, is scheduled for July 30. LaDue has been charged in juvenile court with several counts of attempted murder and possessing explosives. He was arrested in April after authorities say they found guns, bombs and materials for making explosives, along with the journal.

In May, LaDue denied the charges against him.

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