By Liz Shepherd
ROCHESTER — One of the Rochester teens accused of plotting a Columbine-type massacre in Fulton County has entered a guilty plea to a level 2 felony charge.
Donald Victor Robin, Jr., 18, Rochester, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, a level 2 felony. If the court accepts the plea, the remaining three counts Robin faces will be dismissed.
The conspiracy to commit murder charge carries a possible penalty of 10 to 30 years in prison.
A second teen involved in this case, John Lawrence Schultz IV, 19, 630 W. 6th St., Rochester, is taking his case to jury trial, which is set for June.
According to a police report, the Rochester Police Department was notified by an anonymous informant on July 13, 2020, that “Johnny Schultz IV and some friends are planning a school massacre…they have a bunch of guns and they are waiting for school to open to ‘kill a bunch of kids.'”
The informant visited the suspects several times and saw them smoking methamphetamine during their conversations.
Dating back to May 12, 2020, Schultz posted several veiled threats on his two Facebook pages, including a graphic of a partial skeleton and a photo collage with an image of Columbine shooter Eric Harris.
Robin’s Facebook page featured a photo of Harris’s accomplice, Dylan Klebold, shooting a gun. Schultz and Robin were Facebook friends and exchanged messages about their plans beginning April 20, 2020, the 21st anniversary of the Columbine shooting.
In an Aug. 6, 2019, message exchange, Robin wrote “I wish I could kill as many people as I could” and said such a massacre was “something that I actually had an itch for when I used to go to school.”
Before that, on June 28, 2019, Robin wrote, “Believe me, I’m a psychopath, and I’d love to be a murderer.”
He admitted at one point to taking steps to shoot up Rochester Middle School, explaining he had placed an AR-15 and 12 loaded magazines in a duffel bag, planning to kill “100 or more people,” including “innocent kids, friends, best friends and all of the teachers” before killing himself.
Robin concluded the endeavor was too risky because of the school’s new security system. In an Aug. 18, 2019, message he said he would wear an outfit similar to those worn by the Columbine shooters.
Robin also made Internet searches of “quotes school shooting” and “school shootings” and commented about shooting up Caston and Rochester High Schools, various festivals and black churches; he also said he dreamed of shooting up an airport.
If the court accepts his plea, Robin will receive a 17-year sentence at the Indiana Department of Corrections, with a cap of eight years on the executed portion. As a term of potential probation, Robin must agree to cooperate and provide truthful testimony in Schultz’s jury trial.
Robin is also giving up the right to appeal whatever sentence the court imposes so long as the judge sentences him within the terms of his plea agreement.
Robin’s sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, March 8, in Fulton Circuit Court.