Troopers say high school student wanted father dead

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A high school senior has been suspended from Ben Eielson High School while Alaska State Troopers investigate an alleged plot in which the young man solicited another teen-ager to kill his father.

The 17-year-old was angry at his father and had been looking for someone to kill him for months, said Sgt. Ron Wall.

''We don't take things like this lightly,'' he said.

When Wall completes the investigation, he'll forward charges to the district attorney.

Wall is not considering charges against anyone but the 17-year-old.

Larry Martin, principal at Ben Eielson, said a student reported the situation to school officials, who called in troopers right away.

The student came forward after hearing a comment made on the school bus.

''This is pretty serious stuff,'' Martin said. ''I think all across the district we've become sensitized to kids just making a statement.''

If the district attorney pursues the case, the 17-year-old could be tried for the felony as an adult.

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