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West Ottawa teen enters guilty plea on gun charges

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Apr 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM

West Ottawa High School student Davian Weston pleaded guilty Monday to bringing a stolen gun to school last September.

Weston, 17, was arrested at the school after showing another student the .38-caliber revolver, which prompted a lockdown. The gun was not loaded and was inoperable.

Weston was originally released on bond, but he was rearrested shortly after for making threats against one of the students who reported the gun in a “clapback” rap song he posted online. The song has since been taken down.

Weston pleaded guilty to being in possession of a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and the misdemeanor charge of being in possession of a weapon in a weapon-free school zone.

Weston faces a separate bench trial in Holland for a misdemeanor charge for allegedly stealing pepper spray from a Meijer store on the day before he brought the gun to school. That trial will take place April 24.

Weston’s attorney, John Moritz, is seeking a sentencing for Weston under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA), which would allow the criminal charges to be wiped from the teen’s record upon the successful completion of probation. Ottawa County Circuit Judge Karen Miedema said she would consider a HYTA request at the time of Weston’s sentencing, but wasn’t making any promises.

“There’s a good possibility you may not (receive HYTA), just looking at the offenses here,” Miedema said Monday.

Weston said he got the gun “from a buddy,” who told him it was a stolen gun.

“I kept it in my shoebox in my room,” he said at the sentencing. The next day, he took it to school with him.

“I had a revolver in the side of my backpack on school grounds,” he said.

Weston said he showed a friend the gun while the two were in the bathroom together, then the friend told school staff about the weapon.

When Weston is sentenced May 13, he faces up to 10 years in prison for receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, along with up to five years for concealing a dangerous weapon on his person and up to 93 days in jail for possessing the revolver in a weapon-free zone.

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