“We would like to say again that we could not be more thankful for the community that we are surrounded by, the support and love of friends and family, and to God for the miracle of Logan’s survival and recovery.”
Ely Serna, accused in the West Liberty-Salem High School shooting, has pleaded guilty to charges.
According to the Champaign County Prosecutor’s Office, Serna withdrew his not guilty plea this afternoon and entered a guilty plea to attempted murder, felonious assault and inducing panic.
Serna could face up to 23.5 years in prison.
Serna shot 16-year-old Logan Cole twice last year, then fired at a teacher before hitting classroom door windows with gunfire, according to a report from the Champaign County Sheriff's Office.
Serna had been charged with several felonies in Champaign County Common Pleas Court, including two counts of attempted murder, three counts of felonious assault, six counts of improperly discharging a firearm, and single counts of inducing panic and illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon in a school. Serna had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity prior to today’s change of plea.
Sentencing is set for 8:30 a.m. on May 2.