Madison Twp. school shooter sentenced to six years at juvenile facility

Madison school shooter sentenced (VIDEO)
(FOX19 NOW/file)
(FOX19 NOW/file)

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Butler County juvenile court judge sentenced Monday the 15-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to bringing a gun to Madison Jr/Sr High School in February and wounding four fellow students in the cafeteria.

James Austin Hancock was sentenced to the Ohio Department of Youth Services until he's 21 for attempted murder. That could be revoked and he could serve six years in adult prison, if he misbehaves.

In April, Hancock pleaded to four counts of attempted murder and one count of inducing panic.

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Hancock fired at other students using a .380-caliber handgun in the school cafeteria Feb. 29, according to authorities.

"I would like the victims to know they were not targeted," Hancock said in court Monday.

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.

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.

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