Magruder High School Shooting Suspect Pleads Guilty to Attempted First Degree Murder

by Patrick Herron

Per the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office: “Today in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD, before the honorable Judge David Boynton, defendant, Steven Alston Jr., 18, of Gaithersburg, pleaded guilty to the charge of Attempted First Degree Murder for the shooting of a fellow student at Magruder High School in January 2022. Alston was 17 years old on Friday, January 21, 2022, when he shot the 15-year-old victim inside of the school restroom using a privately manufactured firearm, or ghost gun.  He was charged as an adult. Sentencing has been set for Dec. 22, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.”

“I want to express gratitude for the collaboration between Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery County Police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office immediately following the shooting and for their actions in resolving the situation that day without any further violence. I thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Carlotta Woodward and Donna Fenton for their extraordinary work in the prosecution of this case,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy.

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