Charges filed against Montgomery High School stabbing suspect

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The Sonoma County District’s Attorney’s Office has filed charges against the 15-year-old suspect in a stabbing incident at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa last week. 

The stabbing incident left one student dead and another injured. 

The suspect’s name will not be disclosed because he is a minor. 

According to the DA, the suspect has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter with enhancement for use of a knife, and one count of bringing a knife onto school grounds. Both are felony charges. 

As the suspect is a minor, the DA’s office states it cannot request that the court transfer him to an adult court. Senate Bill 1391, passed in 2018, precludes any 15-year-old from being charged in California as an adult, regardless of the offense.

Last Wednesday, a fight broke out in one of Montgomery High School’s classrooms. One of the participants in the fight, Jayden Pienta, 16, died from his wounds. Another 16-year-old was stabbed in the hand but is expected to recover. 

The next court date in the case has been set for Friday, March 10, for an argument regarding the suspect’s detention at the juvenile hall. 


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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