|LAKEVIEW, Ore. - A 13-year-old girl convicted of attempting to kill two classmates by slipping rat poison into their milk was sentenced to up to 12 years in a juvenile detention center.
Holly Sweeney was ordered Friday to remain at the Hillcrest Girls' School in Salem until she is 25 with early release possible if she responds to treatment, the judge ruled.
Earlier this month, the judge found the Lakeview girl and her friend, Stephanie Quesnoy, 12, guilty of plotting and executing a plan to kill two classmates they disliked. Quesnoy is to be sentenced May 22.
The girls put d-Con rat poison in the milk of two classmates Sept. 19 during lunch at Daly Middle School. The victims noticed green crystalline pellets in the bottom of their milk cartons and neither was injured.
District Attorney David Schutt said the girls planned the poisoning to retaliate against the victims for putting shaving cream in Quesnoy and Sweeney's hair at a slumber party.
Both girls testified that they wanted their victims dead.
Schutt said a psychiatrist, who did not testify, determined Sweeney had trouble distinguishing right from wrong.
When kids kill - new reality tv show! This is sad and disturbing on so many levels. Children killing - for such, well, childish reasons. What were they thinking? Well they weren't, they're kids. They don't know any better. And that's the sad part. Why don't they know any better? What would posess a 13 year old to kill another? Is it tv? Is it parents? Or is it just what the world is coming to? I know whence I was a child, such things never crossed my mind. Maybe they watch too many cop shows and see how this is done everyday - I can get away with it, I'm smarter than these people. So they always think.