LaDue Journal Notes Revealed 30 Jul 14

The prosecutor is appealing after a judge dismissed the most serious charges against  17-year-old John LaDue, the Waseca student accused of planning to kill his parents and his fellow students by bombing the local junior/senior high.  On Monday, Judge Gerald Wolf threw out four counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of damage to property.  The judge wrote there is no doubt LaDue was preparing to commit some of the alleged crimes, but at no point did he threaten his family or the school liaison officer, shoot a firearm toward them or transport necessary materials to locations in his plan.  LaDue still faces six counts of possession of an incendiary device.  In court today, Judge Wolf said he expects the appeal to be a quick process.  The LaDue family has said their son needs help for mental illness, not a prison term.