Mountain Vista suspect named targets in journal

Posted at 3:07 PM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 03:25:28-05

The journal for one of the two girls accused in the Mountain Vista High School murder plot had the names of people she planned to target, prosecutors said in court Wednesday.

That information came out during a motions hearing for 16-year-old Sienna Johnson. Johnson has been charged as an adult with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder after deliberations. 

In court last week, prosecutors also said Johnson bought a BB gun to practice her shooting skills and mapped out plans to attack Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch.

Johnson cried during Wednesday's hearing.

While some new information was released in court, a judge refused to unseal other details in the case.

Douglas County District Judge Paul King said Wednesday it would be premature to release documents until a reverse transfer hearing is held in March. At the hearing Judge King could make the decision to return her case to juvenile court, which Johnson's defense attorney is urging.

Johnson and a second girl are facing charges. The second girl has not yet been formally charged, but has a hearing scheduled Thursday morning. Prosecutors are set to decide Thursday whether to charge the second girl as an adult.

The second girl's attorney issued a statement on Tuesday distancing his client from Johnson. He called them acquaintances, not close friends, and said they only knew each other for a short time. The attorney went on to say the girls had different personalities and motivations.


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