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Helena man sentenced after foiled Columbine-style school attack

Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) – 25-year-old Logan Sea Pallister was sentenced this week in Great Falls federal court to seven and a half years in prison after his plan was exposed to carry out an attack at Columbine- style to commit to Helena High School in 2022.

When he was arrested, Pallister had eight loaded firearms, some with high-capacity magazines, several pipe bombs and a large quantity of ammunition in his vehicle.

The suspect was arrested as he prepared to carry out his attack

I spoke with Montana U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich this week about Pallister’s sentencing. He said Pallister had only a few minutes left before he could carry out his plan.

“He was on the edge,” Laslovich began. “I don’t think people realize how close this was. we think he had plans to shoot up Helena High School in a Columbine-style attack, and he had made homemade pipe bombs and he had a lot of loaded weapons.

Laslovich praised the woman who called Helena police

Laslovich emphasized the importance of Pallister’s colleague immediately contacting Helena police about his threats to attack the school.

“Without the courage of a former colleague who stood with him when he bragged to her about the guns and said what he was up to in high school, we would have been talking about a different kind of persecution and there would have been far too many people who would have died.”

Laslovich urged all our listeners and website readers to keep their eyes and ears open in case they hear plans to commit a crime.

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Laslovich said it’s “all hands on deck” to prevent crime

“It’s all hands on deck, Peter, and you’re absolutely right,” he said. “Your listeners need to know when they hear comments from people threatening to hurt other people, whether it’s about one individual or whether in this case it’s about randomly shooting people in a school. They should not hesitate to talk to the police.”

Laslovich praised Helena authorities for successfully apprehending Pallister before he could carry out his plan.

“The work of our law enforcement partners to do the job they did and catch him and put him in handcuffs without anyone getting hurt or killed was miraculous,” he said. “I am very pleased that he has recently been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.”

Laslovich reminded me that convicts in federal court must serve their entire sentence without the possibility of parole.

Pallister will serve seven and a half years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

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