The Georgia teen that was caught planning to murder churchgoers apologized in court before being sentenced.
“I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done,” the girl said.
Caitlyn Pye was planning on killing members of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Georgia. Her plan was obstructed after a student at school overheard her talking about killing people and reported the information to the principal.
The 17-year-old was carrying two knives in her backpack along with two t-shirts, one with swastikas on the sleeves that read, “I do believe myself to be a white supremacist,” and the other read “Free Dylann Storm Roof.” Roof was convicted in 2015 for fatally shooting nine people. She was also carrying a journal that detailed her plans.
“If you’re 16-years-old, you should be planning for college and getting ready for prom, not thinking evil and wanting to hurt people,” Pye said.
“While we are angered and frustrated by this incident, we do not hold hostility against this defendant. While she apparently hates or hated us, we do not hate her, and do not wish to nullify her future, and do not give up on her,” said Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, the presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District of the AME Church.
Pye visited the church twice on successive Wednesdays, but no one was at the church.
She pleaded guilty to one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony. She will serve four years at the Department of Juvenile Justice. In addition to her jail time, she will be on probation for 10 years and must undergo court-ordered counseling. The Court also ordered her to write an apology to the church.