Pa. boy accused of sleepover bombing plot

July 17, 2009 9:31:36 AM PDT
A 17-year-old boy will stand trial in juvenile court on charges he tried to kill four family members and a 10-year-old girl on her first sleepover by putting homemade bombs in their beds.

The bombs did not go off and no one was hurt.

At a hearing on Thursday, Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani held Christopher Janney for trial. However, Mariani ruled the boy should be tried in juvenile court.

Initially, Janney was charged as an adult. If convicted, he would have faced decades in prison.

While Mariani says he is disturbed by the planning and the sophisticated getaway plan, he was swayed by two experts who advised Janney should stand trial in a juvenile court.

Two other teenagers have also been charged as accomplices.