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N.J. teen will be tried as adult

Authorities say these weapons were seized when the boys were arrested.
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- A New Jersey judge ruled Thursday that a 15-year-old boy charged with plotting a shooting rampage will be tried as an adult.

Cody Jackson faces murder conspiracy, carjacking and aggravated assault charges.

Jackson was in court with his parents, siblings and pastor, said his attorney, John Underwood.

Jackson and two other teens were armed with rifles, shotguns, knives and several rounds of ammunition when they were arrested July 6 in the Philadelphia suburb of Oaklyn, New Jersey, after an attempted carjacking, said prosecutor Vincent Sarubbi of Camden County.

Prosecutors said Jackson and the others -- a 14-year-old boy and Matthew Lovett, 18 -- planned to hijack a vehicle, execute three classmates and then kill people at random throughout Oaklyn.

Underwood said he would appeal Superior Court Judge Louis Hornstine's ruling within 20 days. He said Hornstine has said in court that Jackson was likely a follower of Lovett.

"Matthew absolutely is the leader here," Underwood said.

Jackson's bail has been set at $450,000. He is being held at the Camden County Youth Detention Center in Blackwood, New Jersey.

"We are pleased with Judge Hornstine's ruling, which was based on a solid understanding of the facts of the case and of the law," Sarubbi said.

If found guilty, Jackson could face a maximum sentence of more than 50 years in prison.

CNN's Shannon Troetel contributed to this story.


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