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Thomas White released from state custody

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A Four State man who was 13 years old when he fired shots inside a Joplin Middle School has been released on probation and will not serve the remainder of his sentence in a state prison.

Thomas White has been released from state custody.

The story began in October 2006 when White, a seventh grader at the time, fired an assault rifle inside Memorial Middle School.  He also pointed the gun at Principal Steve Gilbreth as he was being ushered from the building, but the gun jammed.

After several years of court hearings White was eventually tried as an adult and sentenced to three concurrent 10-year terms for two counts of first degree assault and one count of armed criminal action.

Counting jail time White has spent more than seven years in custody, the last few years under a dual jurisdiction program of the Division of Youth Services of the Missouri Department of Social Services.

State law requires teens to be released when they turn 21 or to serve the remainder of their sentence in a state prison.
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