A youngster who was obsessed with mass shootings has been jailed for 16 years after ordering a gun and ammunition on the dark web.
Kyle Davies, 19, noticed Anders Breivik and people behind the Columbine High School bloodbath as his “poster boys”, prosecutors instructed Taunton Crown Court on Friday.
He ordered a Glock 17 handgun and 5 rounds of ammunition from an internet gun vendor after growing an curiosity in mass shootings whereas finding out for his A-Levels.
Davies was convicted of making an attempt to own a firearm with intent to hazard life and making an attempt to own 5 spherical of ammunition with intent to hazard life following a two-week trial in July.
Judge Paul Cook jailed Davies, who appeared by way of video hyperlink, for 16 years and ordered him to serve an extra three years on licence.
“You had attempted to obtain the equipment and had the intention to endanger life in a shooting event at some point in the future,” the decide instructed Davies.
Judge Cook described how officers searched Davies’ house after his arrest on June 20 final yr and located “disturbing and chilling” analysis into mass murders.
“Your interest was correctly described as an obsession,” he instructed Davies.
The decide mentioned the “graphic and unpalatable” materials, together with how-to guides on mass shootings and making explosives, ran to hundreds of pages.
“You had taken practical steps as to how to put your plan into execution,” he instructed Davies.
“You worked out your budget, which was in excess of £10,000, and you purchased the equipment to assist you in carrying out a mass killing.”
The decide mentioned Davies’ meant location and targets remained “unclear”.