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Merrimack Valley

April 27, 2014

School stabbing suspect held

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A teenager charged with stabbing a fellow high school student to death on the day of their junior prom is being held in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation where he will likely remain for two weeks, one of his attorneys said yesterday.

The name of the 16-year-old suspect was not officially released but people who saw him taken into custody identified him as Chris Plaskon, a friend of the victim’s and an athlete described as genial and respectful.

Plaskon is accused of stabbing to death Maren Sanchez, 16, in the hallway of Jonathan Law High School in Milford. The attack occurred Friday morning, hours before the school’s junior prom, and authorities were investigating whether Sanchez was stabbed after turning down his invitation to the dance.

The suspect, who is charged as a juvenile offender, will not appear at an arraignment scheduled tomorrow in New Haven, attorney Richard Meehan said. The hospital commitment can last for up to 15 days, according to Meehan. He said doctors typically order such involuntary commitments in cases where someone in custody is considered a danger to himself.

Meehan said the suspect’s family is also reeling from the attack.

“His family is devastated not only for him, but the youngster who was killed. It’s a terrible situation all the way around,” Meehan said.

His client is expected to be charged as an adult, but he would need to appear in court for that to happen, Meehan said. State’s Attorney Kevin Lawlor said several factors go into that decision, including the seriousness of the charges.

Mark Robinson, a technical education teacher, said he was walking into the high school Friday when he saw Plaskon being taken out in handcuffs. He said Plaskon, the third of five brothers, was on football teams that he coached when Plaskon was a freshman and sophomore. He said Plaskon has a good sense of humor and the family has deep roots in the community.

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