Ethan Crumbley, The Michigan School Shooter, Was Given A Life Sentence After Appearing In Court

The first time Ethan Crumbley, the Michigan school shooter, spoke in front of a judge in Oakland County on Friday was shortly before he was given a life sentence without the chance of release, two years after he shot and killed four kids in November 2021.

Ethan Crumbley, The Michigan School Shooter, Was Given A Life Sentence After Appearing In Court

After meeting with school officials and his parents that morning, Crumbley, then 15 years old, entered Oxford High School on the morning of November 30, 2021, carrying a revolver in his backpack. He then killed Tate Myre, 16, Justin Shilling, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17.

“I am a truly horrible person. I’ve committed some horrible crimes. Because I lied, I can’t be trusted. I caused pain to a lot of people,” Crumbley declared on Friday when he was allowed to address the court following the testimony of victims and witnesses.

He continued by saying that he is “sorry” for his acts and that he wants his peers to “feel safe and secure.”

In October 2022, Crumbley entered a guilty plea to 24 charges, four of which included first-degree murder. Miller’s hearing began on July 27. Oakland County prosecutors argued that Miller, who is currently 17 years old, should not be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release, as this is a punishment usually given for adult offenders.

“I can try my best in the future to help other people and that is what I will do,” Crumbley said.

Additionally, he requested that Judge Kwame Rowe grant the victims “any sentence” that they have requested. Rowe carried out his threat and sentenced the mass shooter to life in prison without the chance of release on Friday afternoon.

At a hearing on July 27, Crumbley wrote in a notebook that was produced as evidence that he was “going to spend the rest of my life in prison rotting like a tomato.”

Judge Rowe acknowledged in September that Crumbley might get a sentence similar to this for the shooting that caused immense damage to the community of Oxford, Michigan. The shooting of Crumbley was referred to by Rowe on Friday as “torture” and “execution.”

This is the nation’s first criminal case in which a defendant is accused of terrorism following a mass shooting and is found guilty of the crime.

“Love is absent from our family because when you have no joy, you have no love,” Buck Myre, Tate Myre’s father, said. “Me and my wife are trying to figure out how to save our marriage, which is really sad because we didn’t do anything to each other.”

Nicole Beausoleil, Madisyn Baldwin’s mother, informed Crumbley straight that his “struggle will come” when he “least expects it.”

She remarked in front of the court, “As you get older, you will realise the path you’ve chosen, and it will haunt you.”

After Justin Shilling was shot and killed, his father Craig Shilling told Crumbley that his son, an organ donor, had saved five lives.

“As long as there are good people in the world … evil will never triumph,” he stated.

Hana St. Juliana’s elder sister, Reina St. Juliana, spoke out in the courtroom on Friday as she read both her mother’s and her own testimony.

Reina reported that she can no longer see the bright lights in her bedroom or hear her sister’s footsteps as she climbs the stairs. The loudest sound she has ever heard is the “empty seat at the dining table.” Reina said on Friday that her sister was “curling her hair for a casket,” not helping her get ready for a lacrosse game.

“There is no justice that will ever be enough,” she told the court.

Attorney Ven Johnson, who is representing multiple families in lawsuits against Crumbley and his parents, said Friday’s judgment “signifies a pivotal step towards justice” for victims and survivors who were “forever changed by the abhorrent actions of the shooter during the Oxford High School shooting — an incident that should have been prevented by those entrusted to protect these children.”

“Despite the two-year delay, the gravity of the situation endures, and this sentencing is a crucial stride towards accountability. We wholeheartedly support Judge Kwame Rowe’s decision to condemn him to life in prison without parole,” Johnson said. “Our dedication to pursuing justice stands resolute — our work to keep Oxford Community Schools and various OCS employees accountable will persist.”

During the July Miller hearing, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald stated that Crumbley could be seen approaching the victims and firing “at point-blank range” in the middle of the school’s halls.

“There was extensive planning, and … we hear that he put toilet paper in his ears to protect his hearing before the shooting,” McDonald said in July. “He researched and knew what kind of weapon he needed, and the one his parents already had for him was not going to do the job, so he advocated for a higher-power firearm with more deadly bullets. He practices. He went to the shooting range.”

Meanwhile, Crumbley’s defence lawyer contended that the student had been exhibiting symptoms of serious mental illness for years before the shooting and that neither his parents nor the school administration had taken any action to assist him. Additionally, they contended that he had the capacity for rehabilitation, pointing out that he takes his medication and attends treatment daily.

“We are all here because of me today. Because of what I did,” Crumbley said at the end of Friday’s proceedings, adding that he “could not stop” himself. The now-17-year-old also said his parents are not to blame because they “did not know,” and Crumbley did not “tell them” what he planned to do.

James and Jennifer Crumbley, Crumbley’s parents, are accused of buying a gun for their son and are now being prosecuted on four charges of involuntary manslaughter. In a social media post, Jennifer Crumbley said that their kid received the gun as a Christmas gift. Since then, their cases have been divided, and in January, their trials are scheduled to start.

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