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Exchange student pleads guilty to firearm charge

2018-08-29 01:40
A Taiwanese exchange student accused of threatening to carry out a shooting at his suburban Philadelphia high school pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge on Tuesday. An-Tso Sun was arraigned in federal court, where he entered the guilty plea. A judge scheduled sentencing for December, but Sun's attorney Robert Keller asked that the date be moved up once the pre-sentencing report is finished. Sun, 18, has agreed to be deported and to not re-enter the U.S. without permission. He previously pleaded guilty to state terroristic threat charges and was sentenced to four to 23 months. He was immediately paroled and remanded to federal custody to face a charge of an alien in possession of ammunition. The judge could sentence Sun to up to 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. Keller said after court Tuesday that he hopes to show up for the sentencing hearing with a plane ticket. "That's going to be the mantra, the cry, when he gets to sentencing. Let this boy go home," he said. School authorities were alerted in March that Sun talked about a May 1 shooting at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School in Upper Darby, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) west of Philadelphia. The teen called the talk a joke, but authorities found more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition, as well as weapons, in his home. Credit: AP