Topeka West student who planned school shooting pleads guilty

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A 19-year-old man, charged with plotting a school shooting at a Topeka high school pleaded guilty on Monday to four counts of aggravated criminal threats.

Brendan Steven Moore was 17-years-old when he was charged with four counts of soliciting first degree murder at Topeka West High School in January 2014.

After several months of delayed hearings and nearly two years in jail, Monday he filed a guilty plea to several of the charges against him.

On January 2nd 2014, police were sent to the high school after they received a call from Moore’s mother and step-father.

They had discovered threatening notes in their son’s room, which led police to evacuate the school and search several areas including the cafeteria, library and part of building D for weapons.

That search didn’t turn up any weapons and later Moore told them he did not mean to hurt anyone.

Moore allegedly had planned on killing two law enforcement officers, one a school resource officer, and two Topeka West Administrators in the 2014 plot.

In a hearing later that year a psychologist diagnosed Moore with Bipolar Disorder, an anxiety disorder and ADD.

Moore originally faced eight different felony counts based on the notes found by his parents.

Monday he pleaded guilty to half of them, four counts of Aggravated Criminal Threat.

The other four counts of Soliciting First Degree Murder, for allegedly plotting to kill four adults at the high school, are being dismissed.

Now Moore could face up to 36 months in jail on a juvenile sentence and if he violates the terms of that sentence, up to 38 more months on an adult sentence.

Moore has been in jail since January 2014 and has not gotten into any trouble during that time.

That’s why a judge has decided to release him until sentencing on December 8th.

Moore is not being held under house arrest on the condition that one of four guardians, his mother, father, step-father and great aunt, supervise him at all times.

Moore’s mother tells KSNT News that everyone is glad to be bringing him home.

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