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Dillon teen gets 5 years in prison for bringing gun to school

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Miracle Alexant Harley (Source: Dillon Police) Miracle Alexant Harley (Source: Dillon Police)

DILLON, SC (WMBF) - A former student at Dillon High has been sentenced to spend five years behind bars after pleading guilty to carrying a gun to school and threatening a rival student in May.

Eighteen-year-old Miracle Harley was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder on May 3 after police say she brought a gun into Dillon High School.

Assistant Solicitor with the Dillon County Solicitor's Office Shipp Daniel tells WMBF News that Miracle Harley appeared in court before Judge Paul Burch on Wednesday, August 15.

Harley pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, possession of a gun in schools and disturbing schools.

She was originally charged with attempted murder but that charge was reduced.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Harley was sentenced to five years for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, five years for having a weapon on school grounds, and 90 days for disturbing schools.

Those sentences will run concurrently, and Daniel adds that since the assault and battery charge is considered a violent offense, she must serve at least 85% of the sentence.

Harley will report to serve her sentence on January 11, and until that time she will remain on a GPS monitor while she and her newborn child receive postnatal care.

"It's a sad and unfortunate situation. Two young girls who were never in trouble before are dealing with this, but we need to send a message to the community that it is not ok to bring a loaded gun to school and chase someone down the hall with it. We think this sentence sends that message," Daniel states.

Dillon High was on lock down for about two hours that morning after Harley presented a gun on school property around 8 a.m.

Students who witnessed the incident say the victim told Harley she had no time for her and went to throw away her breakfast tray.

Police say that's when Harley pointed a handgun at her.

Moments later, the school's resource officer caught Harley, and no one was hurt.

A police report released only days after the incident revealed the victim filed a harassment complaint against Harley, alleging that Harley had been following her and threatened to kill her.

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