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Teen accused of plotting to blow up school takes a felony over probation

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The Waseca teen who's accused of plotting to kill his family and blow up his school has traded in years of probation for a felony – on his terms.

John LaDue, who is now 19, is said to have planned the attacks in 2014. He pleaded guilty to possessing an explosive, and was sentenced to 10 years of probation.

LaDue initially got the extended probation to keep a felony off his record. The Star Tribune says if he followed through with the strict terms of his probation, the felony would be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Those terms and conditions apparently got to be too much, because LaDue decided to opt out and just take the hit to his record.

The teen's attorney, Jeff Johnson, told FOX 9 avoiding a felony isn't going to hide anything.

“All somebody has to do is go on Google, type in his name, and they know all about him,” Johnson told the station.

LaDue's request was granted, so he won't be living 10 years under constant watch, taking polygraph tests and being subject to random searches.

The teenager told the Star Tribune those requirements would have made it too hard to go to school and find a career. LaDue says he wants to go into pipe fitting.

He's finished serving his full incarceration time – 640 days – so now he's basically free. Being a felon means he can't vote or own a firearm, among other things.

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