Michigan School Shooter Ethan Crumbley Sentenced To Life In Prisonthedigitalchaps



Ethan Crumbley, the school shooter responsible for killing four and injuring seven at Oxford High School in Michigan in 2021, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday.

Key Facts

Judge Kwamé Rowe sentenced Crumbley to life in prison at a hearing on Friday that included hours of victim testimony.

Judge Rowe called Crumbley’s actions a “true act of terrorism,” and determined that his mental health problems did not stop him from planning and conducting the shooting.

In a statement to the court, Crumbley took responsibility for the shooting and asked Judge Rowe follow their requests for a life sentence: “Any sentence that they ask for, I ask that you impose it on me.”

Crumbley, 17, was charged as an adult immediately after the shooting, despite only being 15 at the time of the shooting.

In October, Crumbley pleaded guilty to all 24 charges, including murder, terrorism, assault, and possession of a firearm.

At a hearing in September, Judge Rowe ruled that Crumbley is eligible for Michigan’s maximum penalty of life in prison without parole.

Victims and family members confronted Crumbley directly, including Molly Darnell, the teacher injured in the shooting: “You intended to leave my husband a widower and my children motherless, there is no forgiveness for you,” she said.

Kylie Ossege, a student who was shot in the clavicle, recalled trying to survive for 15 minutes before help arrived and listening to Hana St. Juliana’s last moments alive: “Hana and I were left in utter loneliness.”

Key Background

The deadly shooting took place at Oxford High School in Michigan on November 30, 2021. Earlier the same day, Crumbley’s parents were called to the school after a teacher discovered him drawing a violent shooting. Crumbley captioned the drawing with the words “the thoughts won’t stop.” Crumbley’s parents declined to take him home, but agreed to get him mental health counseling within 48 hours. At around 12:50pm, Crumbley retrieved a 9mm handgun from his backpack inside a bathroom. He opened fire in a hallway, killing four students—Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Justin Shilling, 17, Tate Myre, 16, and Hana St. Juliana, 14. Another seven people were wounded—six students and one teacher.

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Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, were charged with involuntary manslaughter days after the deadly shooting. Prosecutors argued that the parents failed to get their son mental health treatment after receiving warning from school officials. They also said both parents purchased a handgun for their son days before the shooting. The couple failed to appear for their arraignment, sparking a two-day manhunt led by the U.S. Marshals. James and Jennifer both pleaded not guilty, and their trial is scheduled to begin on January 23. Both parents were also banned from attending their son’s sentencing, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Crucial Quote

Jill Soave, the mother of murdered victim Justin Shilling, spoke about her son and told Crumbley he would have been his friend. “If you were that lonely, that miserable, that lost, and you really needed a friend, Justin would’ve been your friend—if you had only asked him,” Soave said.

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