DENVER (AP) -- A Florida teen-ager pleaded guilty
Wednesday to sending an e-mail message threatening to
finish what the Columbine High School gunmen started
when they killed 12 students and a teacher last
Michael Ian Campbell, 18, answered 30 minutes of
questions from U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham
before the judge accepted his guilty plea to one
felony count of communicating a threat across state
Campbell could get five years in prison and a $250,000
fine when he is sentenced April 28. Prosecutors agreed
to recommend a lenient sentence, but Nottingham is not
obliged to accept the recommendation.
Campbell, of Cape Coral, Fla., is accused of telling a
Columbine student in a Dec. 15 e-mail that he would
"finish what begun" at the high school last April,
when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 students,
a teacher and themselves.
Authorities who learned of Campbell's threat shut down
Columbine two days before Christmas vacation as a
precaution. Campbell was tracked to his Florida home
via his Internet provider, America Online.
Campbell originally pleaded innocent. His lawyer,
Ellis Rubin, outlined an ``Internet intoxication
defense,'' claiming Campbell couldn't distinguish
between reality and cyber-reality because of prolonged
exposure to the Internet.