An 18-year-old Red Oak man has pleaded guilty to carrying a weapon onto school grounds. Sentencing for Josh Goolsby is set for May 10th. Back in February, students told authorities they saw Goolsby leaving school grounds with a gun. School officials confronted him outside of Red Oak High School, and he gave up two 22-caliber handguns and a knife Montgomery County Attorney Bruce Swanson says attorneys for Goolsby first tried to seek an insanity defense. Swanson says an evaluation by the state psychiatric hospital found Goolsby knew the difference between right and wrong, and was competent to stand trial. Swanson says an additional charge of burglary against Goolsby was reduced to theft. Swanson says after investigating the case, he charged Goolsby with theft because a burglary had never been reported and no evidence of any breaking and entering to get the weapon. Swanson says Goolsby never indicated he intended to shoot anybody at the school. Swanson says “the bottom line is he had the opportunity, if he chose to carry it out, to use those weapons. Thank goodness he didn’t.” Swanson says Goolsby’s pleaded guilty to exactly what Swanson believes he could prove in court. Goolsby faces up to five years in prison for carrying a weapon onto school grounds and two years for the theft charge.
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