Berrendo Middle School shooter pleads 'no contest'

Posted at: 05/16/2014 10:31 AM
Updated at: 05/16/2014 6:08 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The 12-year-old boy accused of shooting two students at a Roswell middle school pleaded no contest at a hearing Friday.

Mason Campbell's parents were in court as their son pleaded no contest to three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of unlawfully carrying a weapon on school grounds.

After the hearing, Campbell's lawyer Robert Gorence said there was no question he did it.

"The questions relating to why and what was Mason's mental status are still being analyzed by medical professionals," Gorence said.

Campbell didn't say much during the hearing, only giving short yes or no answers to the judge.

In January, Campbell walked into Berrendo Middle School and opened fire on his classmates.

Campbell shot 13-year-old Kendal Sanders and 12-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez.

Both survived but are still recovering.

"Nathaniel is doing well. He's got a lot of people in his corner. And he's a boy that is ambitious and has good spirits and is positive and he's looking forward to his summer just like all the other kids his age," District Attorney Matt Chandler said.

The no contest plea means there will be no trial for Campbell, and chandler feels that's best for the victims and their families.

"Anytime you go to trial it's difficult on everyone involved to relive those facts," Chandler said.

Campbell will find out what his punishment will be in a separate hearing set for July.

Prosecutors plan to ask for the maximum sentence of incarceration until he's 21.