MADISON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The teen accused in a shooting at Madison Jr/Sr High School pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder and one count of inducing panic on Thursday.
James Austin Hancock, 15, announced his plea in a pre-trial and the judge said that his adult sentence will be stayed until he is 21-years-old.
Hancock is being tried as a juvenile on four counts of attempted murder, four counts of felonious assault and one count of inducing panic. With the guilty plea, the four counts of felonious assault were dropped.
The judge said he would stay Hancock's sentence until he is 21-years-old but warned that could be revoked and he could be charged as an adult with bad behavior in jail.
He recently pleaded not guilty last month.
His attorney waived any discussion of bond during a brief court appearance.
Authorities say he fired at other students using a .380-caliber handgun in the school cafeteria Feb. 29.
Moments after the shooting, the teen threw his weapon down, ran from the school and was shortly taken into custody near campus, according to the Butler County Sheriff's Office.
A school resource officer was on site in the cafeteria but left just before the shooting, sheriff's officials have said.
The resource officer returned, and a foot chase ensued. Hancock, who also attends the school, was caught shortly after.
Four students were hurt: Cameron Smith, 15, and Cooper Caffrey, 14, were injured by the gunfire. Brant Murray, 14, and Katherine Doucette, 14, were injured by flying shrapnel or hurt trying to get out of the building, Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones has said.
Murray's mother said on Thursday that Hancock should have been charged as an adult.
All of their injuries are considered non-life threatening.
Officials say they have an idea of a shooting motive, but they have repeatedly declined to release that information.