Teenager jailed for 19 years after researching mass shooting

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A 19-year old who bought a Glock handgun gun with the intention of carrying out a mass shooting has been sentenced to 19 years' imprisonment at Taunton Crown Court today.

Kyle Davies, Gun, ammo
L-R: Ammunition and gun seized by US authorities, note/drawing, Kyle Davies

Kyle Davies purchased the gun and five rounds of ammunition online. The package was intercepted at Newark Airport, New Jersey by US Homeland Security and a dummy one delivered in its place to Davies’ address in Wotton, Gloucester in June 2018.

22 July 2019: Teenager convicted for researching mass shootings before trying to buy handgun

An investigation by South West Regional Organised Crime Unit, with advice from CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor Howard Phillips, revealed that Davies’ laptop and other electronic devices contained extensive research into mass shootings including Columbine High School and the Norway attacks of 2011 by Anders Breivik

'Gotterdammerung' note
'Gotterdammerung' note

A shopping list entitled ‘Gotterdammerung’ ('downfall of the gods' or ‘the end of time’) listed items including firearms, a gas mask, body armour, a trench coat and the ingredients needed to make explosives. Guides on how to build bombs and carry out attacks were also found in Davies’ possession.

Howard Phillips, of the CPS, said: “The sentence handed down today clearly shows the level of danger that Kyle Davies poses. He was only stopped through the cooperation of multiple agencies working across international borders. As a result of that work a potential tragedy has been averted.”

Notes to editors

  • Howard Phillips is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West
  • Kyle Davies was convicted by a jury at Gloucester Crown Court on 22 July 2019 of:
    • Attempting to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 (19 years' imprisonment - to serve no longer than 16 years in custody and remainder on license).
    • Attempting to possess ammunition with intent to endanger life, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981
  • Davies had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of evading the prohibition on the importation of firearms and ammunition (eight years' imprisonment, to be served concurrently to the other sentences)
  • and two counts of making indecent images of children (six months' imprisonment, to be served concurrently to the other sentences).

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