West Liberty-Salem victim details day’s events while asking judge for maximum sentence for shooter

Shooting victim Logan Cole reads a victim statement at the sentencing for West Liberty-Salem shooter Ely Serna on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. JOHN BEDELL / STAFF
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Shooting victim Logan Cole reads a victim statement at the sentencing for West Liberty-Salem shooter Ely Serna on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. JOHN BEDELL / STAFF

West Liberty-Salem shooting victim Logan Cole said that “there is a difference between forgiveness and justice” while asking the judge to impose the maximum sentence today during the sentencing of Ely Serna, who pleaded guilty to the shooting incident from January 2017.

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Serna, 18, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, felonious assault and inducing panic last month. He faces up to 23.5 years in prison.

Serna brought a shotgun to school on Jan. 20, 2017 and shot fellow student Logan Cole twice in a bathroom, according to police. He then fired on a teacher who walked into the bathroom, but he missed, police said. Serna continued into the hallway, where he opened fire toward classrooms.

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