Bomb plot defendant sentenced

Elam will serve at least one year in Shiloh Home


The second defendant to be sentenced in connection with an alleged plot to bomb the Moffat County High School and Courthouse was sentenced to the Shiloh Home Juvenile Facility on Monday.

Tommy Elam, 15, was given three sentences of two years of supervised probation by District Judge Joel Thompson.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

Elam had pleaded guilty on Jan. 29 to unlawful conduct on public property, a class 3 misdemeanor, as part of a plea agreement. In that agreement, Elam also pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in another case pending from 2001.

Elam also violated his probation stemming from a conviction in 2000, in which he was sentenced to probation. The two convictions plus the probation violation mandated that Elam be sentenced as a mandatory juvenile offender which dictates the punishment that is handed down.

Because of his mandatory juvenile offender status, Elam was turned over to the custody of Moffat County Social Services for a minimum of one year, which is one of the sentencing options provided for in the Colorado state statutes.

According to Deputy District Attorney Bonnie Roesink, the length of Elam's stay in Shiloh Home will be determined by the court.

"Any placement changes have to ordered by the court," she said. "[Elam] will be in Shiloh Home indefinitely until the court decides to adjust his placement."

Two of the three students arrested on Dec. 21 for allegedly planning to bomb the Moffat County Courthouse and Moffat County High School have now been sentenced. All three were originally charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and terrorist training activities.

Stephen Jackman, 17, also pleaded guilty on Jan. 29 to unlawful conduct on public property. Jackman received a deferred judgement and sentence as a part of that plea agreement.

The charges of terrorist training activities and felony stalking against Tony Jacob, 16, are still pending. His trial is scheduled to begin March 15.

Jacob was released Feb. 12 from the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center in Grand Junction as part of a pre-adjudication plan. He is now in the custody of his mother, Luetta Jacob, and is residing in Missouri until the time of his trial.

The pre-adjudication plan contains several conditions, including that Jacob will obey any and all laws, begin working on a Graduate Equivalency Degree, will not use the Internet, and will not use any drugs or alcohol.

Elam was immediately turned over to Social Services after the sentencing hearing, and was to be transported and turned over to Shiloh Home Monday afternoon.

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