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Teen released after attempted murder charges in plotting 2011 Socastee Massacre

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -  Christian Helms who was charged with attempted murder for planning a massacre at Socastee High School as an adult in 2011, was released Thursday.

Christian Helms, was just age 15 when he was charged; he had plans to shoot resource officer Erik Karney and several other students at the school. Police also found two pipe bombs, see full story here.

Judge Georgia Anderson said that Helms would be kept in the Department of Juvenile Justice with treatment until the age of 17, regardless if he is sentenced as a juvenile or an adult.

In August of 2011 he was charged with attempted murder as well as explosive charges in connection to the September shooting. In December 2011 Helms was sentenced to six years in prison as well as probation for attempted murder and incendiary device charges. 

Journal writings from Helms were released at that time with a list of full plot plans for how and what he wanted to plan; he also talked about his fascination for the Columbine shooting. In one entry he wrote, “I’ve already thought of a few people that I’d like to kill.”

Helms was released Thursday October 1, 2015, according to Stephanie Givens. Helms is 19-years-old

To view more information on the plotting journal that was released, click here.

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