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Originally published Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 8:53 PM

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Snohomish County teen sentenced in school stabbings

The 15-year-old Snohomish County girl pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and second-degree assault for an Oct. 24 attack that nearly killed April Lutz and injured Bekah Staudacher, both 15, at Snohomish High School.

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EVERETT — A 15-year-old Snohomish County girl was sentenced Wednesday to more than 13 years in a combination of juvenile detention and adult prison after pleading guilty to an October attack on two classmates.

Lawyers had expected to argue about whether the girl, who turns 16 next month, should be charged as an adult, The Herald reported. Instead, they reached an agreement to send the teen to juvenile detention until she turns 21 and then to an adult prison for 100 more months (more than eight years).

The girl pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and second-degree assault for the Oct. 24 attack that nearly killed April Lutz and injured Bekah Staudacher, both 15.

The sentence comes after a fellow inmate in juvenile detention told the staff in mid-February that the teen talked of finding one of the wounded students and stabbing her again to make sure she'd die. That information was included in documents that Deputy Prosecutor Cindy Larsen filed in court last week seeking to have the case moved out of juvenile court.

Prosecutors also obtained school and medical records showing the girl made thoughts of violence known to medical professionals, school staff and her mother. She reportedly admitted to thoughts of stabbing strangers and relatives for nearly a year, court papers said.

On Oct. 24, the two girls were inside a bathroom at Snohomish High School, brushing their teeth, when a bathroom stall slowly opened.

"The chick just glared at us in the mirror while we were in there. I remember we were just getting ready to leave and she just came at me," Lutz said. "I don't remember anything but being on the floor kicking at her, and Bekah running out screaming for help."

"It allows this very troubled girl to get the help she has clearly needed for some time while she is still a juvenile, but it also holds her accountable for her horrific actions," Randy and Sue Lutz, April's parents, said in a statement.

The sentence is about midrange for an adult conviction for first-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

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