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Teenager Ethan Crumbley Sentenced To Life For School Shooting

Jennifer Crumbley, the mother of Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, enters the court to hear the verdict just before the jury found her guilty

In a tragic turn of events, teenager Ethan Crumbley was sentenced to life in prison without parole in December 2023 for the heinous act of gunning down four classmates and wounding six others along with a teacher at Michigan's Oxford High School in 2021.

The sentencing came after last-minute defense pleas were dismissed by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Kwamé Rowe, who emphasized Crumbley's own admission of responsibility for the horrific incident. Crumbley himself acknowledged that the fault lay solely with him.

Judge Rowe highlighted the brutal nature of the crime, recounting how victim Justin Shilling, 17, was shot at point-blank range after being ordered to kneel by Crumbley. Another victim, Hana St. Juliana, 14, was shot multiple times, including a final shot after she was already down, indicating a deliberate and callous act of violence.

Judge Kwamé Rowe dismissed last-minute defense pleas, highlighting Crumbley's admission of responsibility.
Ethan Crumbley sentenced to life without parole for Oxford High School shooting.
Victim Justin Shilling shot at point-blank range after being ordered to kneel.

Describing the shootings as executions and torture, Judge Rowe noted that Crumbley's motivation was to seek notoriety and infamy as the biggest school shooter in Michigan's history. Crumbley himself expressed remorse before the sentencing, acknowledging his actions as unforgivable and expressing a desire to change and improve.

This case is significant as Crumbley became the first minor to receive an original sentence of life without the possibility of parole following a 2012 US Supreme Court ruling that deemed such sentences excessive for all but the most extreme cases. Crumbley was only 15 years old at the time of the attack, underscoring the tragic consequences of his actions.

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