Sentencing hearing for Gregory White, Joplin, who pleaded guilty Dec. 4 to federal weapons charges, is set for 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, in Springfield, according to a document filed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
White, the father of Memorial Middle School shooter Thomas Gregory White, was charged with violating federal weapons laws which prevent him from owning firearms since he has been convicted on two felony charges.
A hearing on a defense request to put the younger White's case in juvenile court will be held June 15 in Jasper County Circuit Court.
Thomas Gregory White, 14, a former seventh grader at Memorial, has been charged as an adult with two counts of assault, and one count each of unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, and attempted escape, in connection with the Oct. 9 incident in which he took a gun into the school, aimed it at school officials and fired it into a ceiling. According to police reports, his attempts at firing the gun again were thwarted when the weapon jams.