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Clarksburg student gets maximum sentence but judge suspends most of it

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Alwin Chen.  FILE PHOTOAlwin Chen. FILE PHOTO  Alwin Chen, the Clarksburg High School senior who was charged with carrying a loaded handgun with him into school, was sentenced to the maximum of three years in jail, with all but four months of that sentenced suspended.

Chen, 18, who has been in jail since his Feb. 15 arrest said, “What I did was stupid. I didn’t mean to hurt anybody.”

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Chen to plead guilty to carrying a gun in school

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Alwin Chen.  FILE PHOTO  Alwin Chen. FILE PHOTO  ROCKVILLE — Alwin Chen, the Clarksburg High School student who brought a loaded Glock 19 handgun to school, is expected to plead guilty on a charge that could send him to jail for three years.

Chen, 18, entered into a plea agreement April 5 to carrying a handgun on school property and will learn of his fate in a hearing before Circuit Court Judge John Maloney on April 24. He can be sentenced to 90 days to three years.

In exchange for his expected guilty plea, two other charges were dropped, including possession of weapon by a minor and bringing the handgun to school on other days.

Chen has been in jail since his Feb. 15 arrest, when the gun was found in his backpack.

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“Almost a psychopath”

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Judge holds high school student without bond following disturbing journal entry made public

Alwin Chen.  FILE PHOTOAlwin Chen. FILE PHOTOROCKVILLE — A Montgomery County District Court judge ruled Tuesday that authorities will continue to hold an 18-year-old high school student without bond after he brought a loaded handgun to school.

District Court Judge John C. Moffett said defendant Alwin Chen, 18, of Clarksburg High School would remain in jail without bond to ensure the safety of the community.

Moffett said information found in Chen’s private journal helped him to make the decision.

Police found Chen’s journal when they searched his home following his arrest. Assistant State’s Attorney Frank Lazzaro said Chen included sentiments about shooting evil people in the journal. Lazzaro said Chen wrote more than once in a journal entry dated May 2, 2017 he wants to kill criminals such as serial killers or gang members.

Chen in a journal entry dated April 24, 2016 “compared himself to a vigilante comic book hero known as the Punisher “because I am almost a psychopath.’ Later in the entry, he writes ‘someone ought to put a bullet in my head for my wrong doings and thoughts,’” Lazzaro wrote.

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Clarksburg HS student who brought loaded gun to school to remain without bond

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Alwin ChenAlwin Chen. FILE PHOTO  ROCKVILLE — A Montgomery County District Court judge ruled Tuesday that authorities will continue to hold an 18-year-old high school student without bond after he brought a loaded handgun to school.

District Court Judge John C. Moffett said defendant Alwin Chen, 18, of Clarksburg High School would remain without bond because he could not ensure the safety of the community. Police arrested Chen at school Feb. 15 in connection with possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under age 21 and possession of a firearm on school property.

Chen’s trial is scheduled for the end of March.

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Jailed HS student's defense team says prosecutor misrepresented facts at bond hearing

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Alwin Chen.  FILE PHOTOAlwin Chen. FILE PHOTO  Defense attorneys representing Alwin Chen – the Clarksburg High School student arrested last week for bringing a loaded gun to school – have accused the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office of misrepresenting facts about their client in court this week.

In an emergency motion filed before the Rockville District Court Thursday, attorneys Jill Michaels and David Felsen requested a new bond hearing for the 18-year-old, who remains in custody after being denied bond last week.

“Yes, we did file an emergency motion for a new bail hearing based on the incorrect information that was presented at the bail hearing,” Michaels said when reached by telephone. “I think everybody can agree that it was a very, very different picture than was presented the other day in court.”

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Arsenal of weapons found in Clarksburg HS student’s home

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Alwin Chen.  FILE PHOTOAlwin Chen.   FILE PHOTO  An arsenal of weapons including an AR-15 assault rifle, grenades, a landmine detonator and revolvers were found inside the home of a Clarksburg High School student arrested last week for bringing a loaded Glock firearm to school.

District Court Judge John C. Moffett said there was clear and convincing evidence that Alwin Chen was a serious danger to the community and ordered Chen to remain in jail without bond.

A police officer speaking on behalf of the state’s attorney’s office said that during the execution of a search warrant, a list of people with whom Chen bore grievances and wanted to harm was also found.

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Clarksburg HS student arrested for bringing loaded handgun to school

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Police arrested Clarksburg High School student Alwin Chen for bringing a loaded handgun onto school property.  COURTESY PHOTOPolice arrested Clarksburg HS student Alwin Chen, 18, for bringing a loaded handgun to school. COURTESY PHOTO  One day after a former student shot and killed 17 people at his Florida high school, Montgomery County Police arrested an 18-year-old Clarksburg High School student for bringing a loaded handgun and knife to school.

A Montgomery County Police school resource officer arrested Alwin Chen at approximately 2:20 p.m. Thursday after police and school security confiscated two weapons Chen had in his possession, according to a Montgomery County Police press release.

Chen became the focus of police and school security interest after the police officer based at Clarksburg received a tip that Chen may have brought a gun with him to school.

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