Army an option in school-gun case

A student who brought a gun to Indian Creek High School could have faced up to nine years in prison but instead plans to join the military.

Clayton Sleighter, a 17-year-old Trafalgar resident, was charged as an adult with carrying a handgun without a license on school grounds and possession of marijuana. The handgun charge was a Class C felony, which could have meant time in prison and would have resulted in a criminal record that he would have to put on job applications and would have had lifelong consequences.

But the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office has put his case on hold until next year, so that Sleighter can join the military.

If Sleighter enlists after turning 18 in the spring, Prosecutor Brad Cooper will drop the charges right before he is sent to boot camp. He’d dismiss the charges since the military won’t accept felons or enlistees facing pending criminal charges.

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