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Student accused of bringing gun to Griffith High School enters pretrial diversion deal

Student accused of bringing gun to Griffith High School enters pretrial diversion deal

CROWN POINT — A student accused of bringing a loaded handgun to Griffith High School in February entered a pretrial diversion agreement Tuesday to resolve charges stemming from the allegations.

The Lake County prosecutor's office agreed Tuesday it would suspend for 12 months its prosecution of Trace T. Robertson, 18, for possession of a firearm on school property, a Level 6 felony.

During that period, Robertson will be required to pay $479 in court fees and complete 120 hours of community service. Robertson will also be required to forfeit his gun license, and he will not be eligible to obtain a new license until he turns 21.

If Robertson completes those requirements, and he commits no criminal offenses during the 12-month period, the prosecutor's office agreed it would dismiss the felony offense. If he fails, prosecution will resume. 

Robertson was charged Feb. 21 in Lake Criminal Court with the firearm offense on allegations he brought a .38-caliber pistol into Griffith High School. Robertson allegedly told a school resource officer he mistakenly brought the gun to the school and asked if the officer could, “cut him a break,” court records state.

The officer took the handgun, which was loaded with six rounds, and told Robertson bringing a firearm to school, even accidentally, is not something that could be overlooked, records state.

Robertson entered the pretrial diversion agreement Tuesday morning in Lake Criminal Court.

Bradley C. Carter, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said the agreement was structured to keep Robertson from possessing a firearm until he was more mature. Carter noted Robertson had a clean criminal record and turned himself in to the school resource officer.


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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

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