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Teen gets life without parole in school slayings

A teenager was sentenced Friday to life without parole for killing two classmates and a teacher during a shooting rampage at his junior high school last year.

Barry Loukaitis, 16, was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without parole and an additional 205 years after members of the victims' families testified."Barry, you didn't give me a chance to say good-bye to my wife," said Stephen Caires, the former vice principal at Moses Lake's Frontier Junior High School.

His wife, Leona, was teaching an algebra class in February 1996 when Loukaitis, then 14, flung open the door, raised a deer rifle and fired on the three students seated in the row by the door.

He then shot Leona Caires, 49, in the back, apparently as she tried to take cover behind her desk.

Classmates Arnold Fritz and Emilio Vela, both 14, also were killed. Another classmate was wounded.

A teacher ended the attack by pinning Loukaitis against the classroom wall.

Prosecutors said Loukaitis, who had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and was tried as an adult, was jealous of the popular Vela and mad at the world.

Prosecutors said Loukaitis planned the shootings carefully, getting ideas from the book "Rage," written by Stephen King under a pseudonym, and the movie "Natural Born Killers." In the book, a high school student takes a gun to school and fatally shoots two teachers.