Gladden pleads guilty to Perry Hall shooting

TOWSON, Md. -- Perry Hall High School sophomore Robert Gladden Jr. pleaded guilty to attempted murder Tuesday in the shooting of disabled classmate on the first day of school in August.

Police say the 15-year-old Perry Hall High School sophomore fired a shotgun twice in the school's cafeteria. Including attempted murder, Gladden faced 29 charges.

Gladden's attorney says the sophomore brought the gun to school to intimidate bullies and didn't mean to shoot anyone. Gladden was sent to a psychiatric hospital for a mental health evaluation following the shooting.

Injured in the shooting was 17-year-old Daniel Borowy, who returned to school in December after being shot in the back.

Borowy's family issues statement
" We would like to personally thank school personnel who quickly responded, getting Daniel to safety."
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Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert Cahill Jr. accepted Gladden's plea and agreed to a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for Monday.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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