A SICK teen who plotted a “Columbine-style mass shooting” has been caged for 16 years after buying a gun and ammunition online.
Evil Kyle Davies, 19, saw those behind the massacre at Columbine High School and Norwegian extremist Anders Breivik as his poster boys.
He used the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to purchase a deadly Glock 17 handgun and five rounds of ammunition from a shady internet gun dealer on the dark web.
The sicko was also found to have 250 indecent images of children on his electronic devices.
The pistol was ordered to his family home in Gloucester but US Homeland Security officers intercepted the order at Newark Airport in New York and tipped off local police.
They delivered a dummy package to his home before arresting him.
Davies insisted he had purchased the gun and ammunition in order to kill himself and denied he was planning a mass shooting.
But when officers trawled his bedroom they discovered handwritten notes and a USB stick containing more than 1,000 pages relating to explosives and massacres.
Mass shooting plot
A jury unanimously convicted him of attempting to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and attempting to possess the ammunition with intent to endanger life following a two-week trial at Gloucester Crown Court in July.
Judge Paul Cook jailed Davies, who appeared at Taunton Crown Court via video link, for 16 years and ordered that he serve an additional three years on licence.
He told him: “On June 20 last year, a parcel you had ordered from America on the dark web arrived at your home in Gloucester.
“You had attempted to have delivered a Glock 17 handgun and five rounds of ammunition.
“That moment was the culmination of many months of methodical research and preparation.
“The material they found was disturbing and chilling.
The material they found was disturbing and chilling. The material showed extensive research on your part and an interest in mass murders.
Judge Paul Cook
“The material showed extensive research on your part and an interest in mass murders.”
The court heard Davies had researched “in detail” the Columbine High School shootings, Anders Breivik and the case of Liam Lyburd, who plotted a mass murder at his former college.
The judge went on: “Your interest was correctly described as an obsession.
“The material you extensively gathered over time was graphic and unpalatable. It ran to thousands of pages.
“You had taken practical steps as to how to put your plans into execution.
“You worked out your budget, which was in excess of £10,000, and you priced the equipment to assist you in carrying out a mass killing.
“In your written notes, you had left messages to the police.”
‘Autism and depression’
These messages included: “Hello Mr Policeman” and “This one Mr Policeman” with an arrow pointing to writing about Davies’ mental state.
A note on his bedside table was entitled Gotterdammerung, or twilight of the gods, and listed equipment required for a mass shooting event.
This matched a similar document called Phase One, featuring links of where to purchase the items.
These included a gas mask, trench coat, gloves, boots, body armour and a leg pistol holder as well as ingredients for explosives.
Peter Binder, representing Davies, said his client had been diagnosed with autism and depression.
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He said a “perfect storm of factors” led to Davies developing a fixation with mass shootings and attempting to acquire a gun and ammunition.
Davies was sentenced to a concurrent prison term of six months for two charges of making indecent images of children, relating to 250 images and two videos found on his devices.
He was also handed an eight-year term, also to run concurrently to his 16-year sentence, for evading the prohibition on the importation of firearms and ammunition.
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