FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man admitted to plotting to blow up his high school Wednesday, and prosecutors agreed to ask for a 10-year prison sentence.
Ryan Schallenberger, 19, pleaded guilty to receiving and attempting to receive an explosive and attempting to damage and destroy real property by explosive. He could have faced up to 30 years in prison. A judge must approve the sentence at a later hearing.
Schallenberger, who was diagnosed with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder while in jail, smiled broadly and waved at his parents in the courtroom. He takes responsibility for what he did and has taken medication since his diagnosis, defense attorney Bill Nettles said.
"He's ashamed and embarrassed. He was suffering from mental illness then. He's a different person now," Nettles said.