Prosecutor: Youth threatened to top Columbine



ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A prosecutor says an Astoria teenager accused of trying to recruit a friend for a school shooting threatened “to make Columbine look like a cakewalk” and may be tried as an adult.

District Attorney Josh Marquis says police found no weapons in the boy’s home, but the language of his Facebook messages is “extremely concerning.”

The Daily Astorian ( ) reports that 16-year-old Peter Ansel Williams is charged with soliciting aggravated murder. He was arrested Monday after a friend showed high school officials the messages.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered him held in a youth detention facility until a hearing Nov. 15.

Marquis says a separate hearing would determine how to try Williams.

In 1999, two students fatally shot 13 people and themselves at Columbine High School near Denver.


Information from: The Daily Astorian,