Robert Gladden Jr. pleads guilty in Perry Hall High School shooting

Gladden faces no more than 40 years in prison after his plea. Photo: Baltimore County Police

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A 15-year-old high school sophomore has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the shooting of an intellectually disabled classmate last year in suburban Baltimore.

Robert Gladden Jr. entered the guilty plea to the adult charge in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Tuesday, the day his trial was scheduled to begin. A judge accepted the plea and agreed to sentence Gladden to no more than 40 years in prison. Gladden will be sentenced Monday.

Gladden also pleaded guilty to using a firearm in a crime of violence. Both counts involved 17-year-old Daniel Borowy, who was hit in the back with a shotgun blast last August on the first day of classes at Perry Hall High School. Borowy has Down syndrome.

Gladden had been charged as an adult with 29 offenses.

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