The Long Island teenager who allegedly plotted to murder fellow-students, teachers and staff at his New York high school pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a grand jury indictment charging him with one count of second degree conspiracy.
Christopher Franko, 18, of Bohemia was arrested on May 6 after investigators learned of the plot on Connetquot High School.
According to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, the results of the defendant's psychiatric exam found Franko competent to stand trial.
Prosecutors say there's no doubt Franko, along with Saltzman, would have carried out the carnage.
It was the second time they say Franko plotted to kill at Connetquot.
"It was chillingly similar to the original plan," said Assistant District Attorney Glenn Kurtzrock.
Franko and another teen were arrested in 2007 for planning an attack on the Columbine anniversary.
Prosecutors say Franko wanted to kill classmates who teased him about living in a trailer.
He was sentenced to juvenile detention and expelled. This time prosecutors say he wanted final revenge.
"This was the class he would have graduated with....so this was his last opportunity to really get them in the same place at the same time," said Kurtzrock.
Authorities said Franko and Saltzman shopped the internet for gun powder, and other bomb making materials.
The plan was to start the bloodshed by shooting the school security guards, and then to kill as many as they could.
Franko's court appointed attorney told the judge that both teens are unstable, and that the planned bloodshed here, may have been more fantasy than anything else.
"This is beyond a fantasy." said Kurtzman.
Franko was found fit to stand trial, and faces up 25 years if convicted.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun