A teenager who killed four other students at a Michigan school will hear from family members and survivors of the shooting before a judge decides whether he will be sentenced to life in prison in the case. You will hear it.
Victims of crime in Michigan have a right to speak in court, and the final hearing Friday in a Detroit suburb is likely to be tense and emotional.
Ethan Crumbley, 17, could be locked up without a chance at parole, which is what Oakland County prosecutors are seeking.
But because of the shooter's age, Judge Kwame Law could also order a shorter sentence, ranging from 25 years to at least 40 years, subject to eventual release by the state parole board. be.
The gunman has pleaded guilty to all 24 charges in the 2021 Oxford High School shooting, including first-degree murder and terrorism.
Kylie Osage, 19, who was seriously injured, recently told The Associated Press that she was “excited to have my words and my story heard.”
Crumbley, who was 15 at the time of the shooting, will also have a chance to speak in court and possibly explain why he believes he should be spared a life sentence.
Defense attorney Paulette Michelle Loftin argued that Crumbley deserved a chance at parole because his “sick brain” had been cured through counseling and rehabilitation.
But after hearing expert testimony, Lowe said in September he determined there was only a “slim” chance that Crumbley could be rehabilitated behind bars.
In his diary, the gunman wrote about his desire to see students suffer and the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison.
He made a video the night before the shooting, declaring what he would do the next day.
Crumbley and her parents met with school officials on the day of the shooting after a teacher noticed violent drawings. However, no one checked his backpack for a gun, so he was allowed to stay.
Jennifer and James Crumbley are in the county jail, as is their son.
They are accused of having guns available in their home and disregarding their son's mental health, and are awaiting trial on manslaughter charges.
The gunman killed Madisyn Baldwin, Tate Mire, Hannah St. Juliana and Justin Schilling at the school in Oxford Township, about 60 miles north of Detroit.
Six other students and a teacher were also injured.
The Oxford School District hired an outside group to conduct an independent investigation.
A report released in October said “mistakes at every level” including the school board, administrators and staff contributed to the tragedy.
Crumbley's behavior in class, including viewing shooting videos and gunshots on his cell phone, should have identified him as a “potential threat of violence,” the report said. Says.