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Former teacher admits machete attack on kids

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YORK, Pa. (AP) — A former history teacher who allegedly walked into a kindergarten class with a machete and attacked several children, the principal and two teachers, has pleaded guilty.

William Michael Stankewicz, 56, of Johnson City, Tenn., entered guilty pleas on two counts of attempted murder, 16 counts of aggravated assault and one weapons charge. He had more than a dozen charges dropped as part of the plea arrangement but still faces up to 360 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 5.

Stankewicz said he remembered entering North Hope-well-Winterstown Elementary School in York County on Feb. 2 and swinging the machete. But he said his other memories of the attack were "fuzzy." None of the injuries was life-threatening.